Think in areas of the country that have both a surplus of nurses (both experienced and new grads) along with a tightening employment market brought about by various reasons, yes the BSN is going to be de facto mandatory for landing at least a new hire gig at any TOL or MOL hospital if not across the board. LTC, nursing homes, home care, rehab, etc... maybe a different story.
Here in NYC we have lost something like 15 hospitals over the past decade and all but a few of those remaining are sitting very near the window's edge. Just this week for instance there was news that SUNY Downstate and Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn are in dire financial straits and the latter may be closed.
Against this backdrop we still have local nursing programs chugging out new grads every six or twelve months. While a few ADN programs have closed (Long Island College Hospital) most have remained and couple of new ones (Swedish Institute) have opened. Then you have the vast expansion of ABSN programs being offered by most every nursing school with an undergraduate BSN program.
In 2008 2,246/2,849 (passed/took) NYS BSN grads took the NCLEX. That number grew each of the following years to reach 2,609/3,156 in 2011 which is the last year of data reported. On the ADN side we have 5,295/6,271 (passed/took) in 2008 and 5,565/6,568 in 2011.
When you read the latest state workforce survey two things stand out: NYS hospitals predict a shortage of "experienced nurses" and are actively seeking to increase their numbers of BSN prepared nurses. http://www.hanys.org/workforce/data/...sults_2011.pdf
Those last bits taken together go far to explain the current nurse employment market in much of NYC if not NYS.
Experienced nurses are first choice for hires. Better if she has the BSN but can offer incentives or conditions to ADN hires that they correct.
New grad hires are next but for most units the BSN is preferred if not mandatory. If an ADN is hired see above.