i got a BA in biology at 23, then my BSN at 30 in an accelerated second degree program, while also working full-time doing patient care. nursing school was absolutely dreadful, a nightmare. i still consider making it through at all an accomplishment.
when i worked in the hospital, many of the nurses had BSN RN on their badges. some of my mentors had this distinction on their badges, and some of my mentors were kick-a$s ADN's and LPN's! it's a university-affiliated hospital with a nursing school, so i'm wondering if this is why the BSN part was prevalent on badges.
the nurses i work with now have made me uncomfortable about having that distinction on my ID, so i don't. it's somewhere along the lines of "she thinks she's so smart," when in reality, i truly don't. there are many holes in my education, starting from elementary school! i am not a super-brain by any means. i don't like to draw attention to myself. it's not like i'm wielding my intellect (ha) around and attempting to make others feel less than. i just leave the BSN off. i am proud to have earned it, but placing it on my badge apparently might make my co-workers feel like i think i'm "better" than they are (when really i'm just kind of showing a battle scar, in my mind).
i think a lot of it is about the attitude. someone can be a total snooty pants, regardless of what the badge reads. when i see someone with a baffling number of credentials behind his/her name, i think, wow that person has been fortunate to have gone to school quite a bit! i feel envious that she/he has been able to do so, since i love learning as much as the next nurse. i also think, sheesh, what schools loans there must be! :) (oh, and i don't think going to school equals learning, but you get what i'm saying.)