Many of the nurses going for BSN are doing so because the health facilities are requiring this in many areas. I'm not sure this will make you more likely to get hired if your in a state with few nursing jobs
. I've had a BSN for 24 years, before it became "mandatory". I don't feel that it made me more marketable, because employers often asked for a specific nursing experience. I have a friend who has an associate or ADN degree, but could not find a job. She returned for her BSN and did not work for another year. So far 5 months after she graduated with a BSN, and she is still unemployed.
A BSN may help you stay in the hiring possibility pool, but if you don't have the experience an employer demands, it does not improve your odds of getting hired. I suspect there are many unemployed BSN graduates. I'm for education and learning, but I suspect the BSN will have to be accompanied by a nursing refresher course to make you more marketable in nursing.
I certainly understand your frustration. I have worked many years in a specialty in nursing. Recently, I decided it was time and economically possible for me to change, but I'm having difficulty changing specialty because employers are looking for a certain nursing experience. What happened to transferable skills? Some nursing ads, will add a note that the nurse hired will be expected to acquire certification in a specialty within 1-2 years. So the ideal nurse will be an RN, BSN, with cerfication and recent experience in the specialty the nurse intends to practice.