When I graduated from a diploma program, getting my BSN was most distant thing from my mind. Over the years , I waffled between getting a higher degree and continuing doing what I loved; labor and delivery, mother/baby care. I took a few classes periodically but when the money became tight, would take time off. As a traveler, I was encouraged to pursue a degree and financially was assisted in a great way. I recently graduated from an on-line program taking 1 class every 8 weeks over nearly 3.5 years. I can say that there was a few classes that were eye-opening and beneficial is advancing some of my nursing skills but the majority of the courses were not going to change the way I already care for my mothers and babies: with personal compassion for their comfort and care. Most of these classes taught me how to write a good paper and how to fit working, adapting to a new travel assignment, participating in family activities etc. managing myself while excelling in my classwork ( by the way I did graduate with honors at age 59). Necessary, maybe for a great opportunity in the travel field, required to be a good, caring, compassionate nurse - not so much.