Been a working RN since 1971. Graduated with ADN, immediately started on BSN. I'm glad I did, I only wish I had gotten an MSN. I have never been a big shot, pretty much just a worker bee. I spent many years working nights, weekends, holidays. I worked hospitals, nursing homes, an L TACH, corrections, public health, private duty, telephonic nurse, you name it. I appreciate all the experiences I have had and all the people I have met. I can remember patients I had in the 70's and 80's. Now working PD, can't run up and down hallways like I used to, but I am happy to still be working. I think my biggest asset is perseverance. I have been fired from a few jobs, but I just kept on working. I managed to raise 4 kids as a single mom, so I am grateful for my degree and my salary. I only wish AN had been around when I first started working. It has been educational for many nurses.