Hey there! Don't worry about asking that question. It is a perfectly good one and if it makes others upset or annoyed well why does it?
I am a recent BSN grad. At the end of the road, an RN is an RN is an RN. Neither is better. However, there is a ton of talk that upsets people saying that in order to "raise the bar for nursing" a BSN should be entry level. This is what upsets people. While I am not saying that a BSN will make a better nurse, bc it will not. It does make sense that requiring a bachelor's degree will improve nursing overall. Other professions out there do the same thing. We as nurses seem for some reason to be very slow and reluctant when it comes to change.
I personally did start off slightly higher salary wise than fellow ADN grads. It varies state to state, facility to facility. For you, it seems that if it is going to take just as long to get your BSN as your ADN, why not just go for the BSN? This way if you ever decide to go back for your master's, it will be easier!
The only difference in the program to me from talking to others, so please, I am not claiming to be an expert and I am trying to choose my words carefully bc I do not want to offend anyone!!!!! The only difference b/n the two programs is that the BSN programs have Research and Leadership and Management classess. Both require similiar prereq classes. Both cover basically all of the same nursing theory, clinical, etc.
Do I think the extra classes were beneficial to me? ABSOLUTELY!!! Not that I couldn't make it w/o them. But these classes gave me the chance to understand research and evidenced based practice and question more of the why this and that rather than just doing this and that. The leadership class we spent a semester shadowing a nurse manager and also taking turns being charge nurse for our clinical groups. It really helped us put ourselves in their shoes and understand what they do.
I will repeat myself though. An RN is an RN no matter what degree behind it.