DolceBellaluna, thank you for posting this. I am in a similar situation....although not identical. Having graduated over a year and a half ago with the much cursed ADN, there isn't a hospital around where I live that will even give consideration to an ADN.
I'm venting a little and am emotionally exhaused. I, like so many others, went to nursing school in my mid forties. I have two young sons, husband, home, etc. I graduated cum laude. Nursing always has been in my heart and I still feel lucky enough to have realized my dream of becoming an RN. This past year, I have done a lot of school nursing as a substitute. I really enjoy it, and it isn't the cushy job so many people wisecrack about. It is by no means ER, ICU, etc. But when there is an emergency, it's ME. Not a resident, another nurse, respiratory, etc.
To get to the point, I found out late last night that I did not land the 2nd permanent position I have interviewed for. I am so tired of interviewing, getting hyped up about a potential position and then let down.
In regards to getting my bachelor's degree, we have been on one salary since I've been in nursing school. I really do not have the resources to start my BS right now. So, I have an RN license that apparently is virtually useless.
I have to state this and get it off my chest. How does the current hospital environment negate a woman/man in mid-life that went for and worked so hard for their RN? For years and years, hospitals have been staffed with ADN nurses. Suddenly, we are useless and out-dated?
I mean no disrespect to anyone age group or those holding BSNs, but I do know what's its like to suffer a loss, care for a sick child, be a member of a community. The "REAL" stuff life is made of. Why does that get discounted in the eyes of the current hiring environment? Hospitals are so focused on magnet status....that's all it really is, a status. Of course, higher education is valuable and necessary. But when did it become the norm to discount the value of true life experience. Isn't that necessary to care for our patient's? I feel so kicked to the side and useless. I am not a complainer, a quitter or one to feel sorry for myself. I want to help people, care for them and contribute. I just never thought no one would want me to do that.
Thanks for allowing me to vent and for sharing your feelings. I'll hang onto your story and words for the reason to keep trying. Best of luck to you!