In my area it is very easy to get a job with an ADN, so many of my classmates have not returned to school. Although the major hospitals in the area are now requiring ADN's to have their BSN's within 5 years- so most do have plans to go back. I graduated with my ADN May 2013 and was back in class 4 days after graduation. It is taking me 2 years of full time classes to complete the RN-BSN. I didn't have a lot of co-req's done for the program though because I was only in school one semester before starting the ADN program. I went full time in the ADN program but didn't take many BSN co-req's because I was completing the ADN co-reqs needed to graduate. I have been in school full time for 4 years with no summers off, only a few weeks for Christmas vacation, and I am burnt out! I work full time as a nurse, and am taking three classes right now. I spent 44 hours on homework last week, no exaggeration. I would recommend going part time for the RN-BSN if you are planning on working unless you don't mind sleeping 2-3 hours a day and not seeing your kids.
I do have to say that I have seen so many posts that say there is no point of the RN-BSN but that is not true from my experience. I am learning so much, not just in the RN-BSN classes but also in the co-req's. It really gives you a new perspective when caring for patients and seeing healthcare. I thought that I seen the "big picture" before but feel that I am seeing it much more with these classes. Anyone who says that these classes do not help with being a bedside nurse probably isn't having an open mind or taking advantage of the education, just my opinion.