The hospitals in my area have started to only accept BSN or higher no matter the experience, which I find really sad…seems to me experience should account for something. PLUS the degree does not a good nurse make!!! I have found that the very best nurses are/were the diploma nurses because they actually had to work in the hospitals taking care of patients while they learned. Book knowledge is nothing without the clinical experience and the more clinical experience you have the better. Diploma nurses definitely had the most.
I am pushing 60 yo myself…graduated with an ADN in early 2000s—and am contemplating whether to continue on for a BSN or higher……but now it would just be for a personal accomplishment.