This issue has been around a very long time and it's not likely to stop any time soon. I have a Bachelors in an allied healthcare field and that program was far more rigorous than my nursing program in terms of pure academics. I subsequently completed Paramedic school without cracking open the book much and a few years later, nursing school (with a solid B average) by usually studying the Powerpoint lectures and opening the book when necessary. My exam grades were never lower than a B.
Here's the thing: with the background I had (and if all routes were open at the time) I could have done an ADN program in 2 years, a BSN program in 2 years, an ABSN program in about 15 months, or an ELM program in about 2 years. All of those would have had approximately the same academic workload. The ABSN would still have been a 4 semester program, I would have not had my summers "off" from school. What was "missing" from the ADN that the BSN+ programs have? A community health class (would have gotten me certified as a PHN) and a "research" class. The "funny" thing about this is that my Bachelors required lots of research reading so I'm very much capable of both understanding and conducting research.
What would I have wanted from a BSN would be better pharm and pathophys than I got in nursing school. I got quite a bit of pathophys in my prior program (primarily injury pathophys, fascinating subject, but I digress). From discussions I've had with some recent BSN grads near home is that I got essentially the same classroom "stuff" that the BSN program had.
I'm a relative recent grad and "only" about a 1 year working nurse. During my orientation time and even now my preceptors and supervisors haven't been able to stump me much, if at all, when asking me pathophys stuff. I know the subject very well as it is and I know very well where I'm at clinically. I'm not yet at the point where my clinical skills match my academic knowledge; that point is on the horizon.
Also because of my prior education, I could (relatively) easily skip BSN and go for an MSN program. While I want to do the pathophys and pharm at that level, I don't want to pursue a full-on MSN program. Not yet. I want to seriously solidify my clinical skills.