I am a student nurse with a prior career. I have 15 years of experience in human resources, including a related degree. Should I include any of this on my resume or will it make people wonder why I left that to get into this?
Dear Donna replies:
Dear Second-Career Nurse,
You are one of a growing number of individuals with prior careers who are coming into nursing for a variety of reasons. So your situation/background is much more common than you might imagine. That you already have prior life and work experience in any field makes you even more well-suited for the challenges of nursing.
There was a time when nurses were advised to include on their resumes only experience and education that was perceived as direct healthcare experience. Nursing and healthcare are so much more complex and diverse today that all nurses need a diverse skill set and knowledge base. Do include your prior work experience along with any degrees you possess on your resume. Not only is it relevant, it may even give you a competitive edge in the healthcare/nursing job market.