It really depends on a combination of factors. Right now I would go for the BSN if you're thinking of going back. Pretty soon it will become the standard. Even the nursing home where I work is pushing all LPNs to go back to earn their RN. So it's always a push towards the next level. Next, it's all about flexibility and persistence and even then it's partly about luck and who you know. Try to get your foot in the door early by working as a CNA, unit secretary or other unlicensed personnel. Yes, the job market is tough but I was able to find a job that hired me before I even passed NCLEX. I'm not working at one of the big Boston hospitals like I intended, but I'm working on a subacute floor in a rehab/nursing home and I LOVE it. My patients are fantastic and I love being a nurse and I learn tons of new things every day. I would definitely recommend becoming a nurse, but you just have to be realistic about the job market and prepare for it. I went to an ASN program and most of the people who have passed NCLEX (many haven't taken it yet) have jobs somewhere in Mass.