Most of the job requirements listed today will include BSN with xx years experience, or BSN preferred. You cannot join the military, teach nursing or in some cases hold management positions with out the advanced degree. Having said this, as a diploma nurse
with over 30 years experience, including the military, I have had positions offered which usually required a BSN or above, simply because of my variety of specialized areas and certifications. The experience and certs. will very often win out on the better paying positions. I feel that a new grad is a new grad, we all have had to learn about the real world . If, however, you persue a BSN after you have your license, make sure the field you are interested in will compensate you, let alone the area where you practice. It might not be worth your time and effort for a nursing degree, but rather you might take an opportunity to seek life enchancing education: there is more to life than nursing--------seek it out!!!!!!!!