Should I mention that I work for my husband on my résumé?

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Dear Donna,

I am a nurse practitioner. I have been working with my husband, who is a physician, for the past 10 years. I am starting to look for a job in a hospital. Should I mention that I work for my husband on my résumé?


Dear Donna replies:

Dear Geraldine,

List your employment in your husband’s medical practice as you would any other job. There is no need to mention the relationship. However, if it were to come up in conversation in an interview (as it might only if you have the same last name), you can mention the relationship if you wish. It doesn’t matter either way. You have 10 years of experience working as an NP in a medical office. That fact remains the same regardless of who owns the practice. It is not a negative. Move forward with confidence.

Best Wishes,

Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, well-known career guru, is Nursing Spectrum’s “Dear Donna” and author of Your First Year as a Nurse: Making the Transition from Total Novice to Successful Professional. To ask Donna your question, go to Find a “Dear Donna” seminar near you: Call (800) 866-0919 or visit


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