I have to say honestly, I sometimes wish I decided on Nursing right out of high school and gotten my BSN.. this would've saved me lots of time and money (and from feeling like I have to PROVE to others that simply having a BSN doesn't make you a better nurse than me!!, lol)... but I don't live with regrets.. make the best out of today:
I graduated with a BS in Biology in 2006, started an ADN program 2009 (against the wishes of my BSN sister), worked at a great hospital while in school (NETWORK, NETWORK, NETWORK)... graduated Feb 2012.. took NCLEx May 08, 2012.. interviewed May 18, 2012 and got hired this past Monday (May 21st)... not everyone has been this lucky!! I was worried for a long time.
I plan to go back for my Master's, which will help since my hospital recently became Magnet accredited... an online RN-MSN program most likely... Im avoiding BSN if I can (only because I already have a bachelor-level degree)
I will say that a lot of hospitals in my area, especially those with Magnet status already have "BSN required or BSN preferred" on their job postings (including mine)... the ADN route worked better for me so far.. can't say it will for everyone... when people I know ask, if they don't already have a higher level degree, I tell them to get a BSN.. not because it will automatically make them a better nurse... but because it may make it easier to find a job and I see Nursing shifting in that direction (requiring all RNs to have BSNs)...