I became a registered nurse at the ripe age of 35 and after being a stay-at-home mom for 8 years. In my previous life I was several things -- bank teller, legal secretary, etc. -- but had always dreamed of being a nurse.
Did I feel disadvantaged because I had no medical experience? NO. I had LIFE experience. I went through an excellent nursing program and felt very prepared when I graduated. Sure, I was green at some things, -- we all are in the beginning!
I think what helps us "late starters" over the young 'uns is that we have more experience dealing with people, bosses, co-workers, and the everyday stuff that happens. I guess what I am trying to say is that my "maturity" was my "advantage" in my early nursing career.
For example, I started my nursing career with a fellow RN. I started at 35; she at 23. She has worked at this hospital since she was 17 as a transport aide, care partner, telemetry tech and then returned as an RN. Six years later we are great nurses, but at times she has had to struggle with her "people skills" while her nursing skills were excellent. I don't know, I just feel it was easier for me since I was older.
I love all nurses. . .Young or Old! New or Seasoned! I am just sharing MY experience.
Don't worry about lack of medical experience. You will be a great nurse and TRUST ME ON THIS with today's nursing the way it is, you catch up in no time!