I received an ADN first because I did not want to go into debt after already having a BA and an MBA. By the time I graduated, many hospitals in the country were only hiring BSN prepared RNs. Fortunately for me, I was already a tech at my local hospital and they were moving to the requirement of BSN only, but they had not yet made the complete conversion. So, as a new grad I had a job as a RN with only an ADN.
I continued with school, where my ADN allowed me to work FT and attend school PT to complete a RN-BSN in a timely manner (I also paid cash and used credits from my BA to obtain my BSN). In addition, I did not consider getting an MSN because it would take too long and be too expensive.
By the way, receiving a BSN has really helped me in my nursing career because I was hired into bedside nursing positions, positions away from bedside, and moved into entry-level management positions that also had a requirement of BSN only. Therefore, I encourage you to obtain a BSN or an MSN now if you are in an area that will not accept degrees outside of nursing or you want to move to an area that will not accept degrees outside of nursing for entry-level nursing and/or management positions. Good luck.
-Back in school obtaining an MSN (My employer is paying).