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Are you in the process of resigning from your position as a nurse? If so, resigning can feel daunting, regardless of why you’re leaving. An essential step in the process of moving on is giving notice to your employer. Providing a resignation letter outlining your intent to resign is one of the last impressions you’ll make in your current job.
A well-thought-out resignation letter can leave a good last impression to help you maintain professional relationships with your soon-to-be-former supervisor and colleagues. It’s also a small world, and burning bridges when you exit is not good for your future career prospects. Bear in mind that a good last impression at your current place of employment can help you to make a good first impression at your new place of employment.
With some thoughtful planning, you’ll be able to leave your current job on solid ground. Read on to learn how to write a solid resignation letter as a nurse, including helpful examples and tips.
Every resignation letter has a few key elements with a couple of optional sections you might choose to include:
Statement of intent that you are resigning. Your letter will begin with a statement indicating that you are leaving.
The date of your last day on the job. Include your last date of employment following your statement of intent to leave.
Reason for leaving (optional). You can opt to include why you are resigning from your current position, though it is not necessary if you don’t feel comfortable doing so or simply choose not to.
Brief highlight of your time with the organization (optional). You might opt to include some of your takeaways and positive experiences working with the organization. However, this is optional.
Thank you section. A note of appreciation for your time with the organization is an essential element of any resignation letter.
Brief discussion of handoff and transition. Though some might say this section is optional, it’s a sign of good faith to offer to support the transition during your last few weeks or days with the organization. Doing so will help you leave on a positive note.
Closing sentiment and well wishes. Finally, you’ll close your letter with an offer of well wishes and a professional signature.
You’ll format your letter of resignation similar to how you’d format any professional business correspondence:
Contact information and date. The letter should include your contact information (name, title, address, and phone number) and the employer’s contact information (supervisor’s name, title, company name, address, and supervisor’s phone number) at the top of the letter. The date of the letter goes above or between your and your supervisor’s contact information.
Salutation. The contact information section is followed by a formal salutation.
Letter body. The body of the letter is where you include your intent to leave and provide your last day of employment. Include the company name and your title. You can share your reason for leaving and some of the benefits you’ve received working with the organization if you choose to do so. It’s also a good idea to include a statement of appreciation and well wishes to close the body of your letter.
Professional valediction. Use a professional closing, such as “Regards” or “Sincerely.”
Your signature. Your handwritten signature above your typed name will close the letter.
If you include your resignation within the body of an email, begin the email with the salutation and include your contact information with your signature instead of at the beginning. In the subject line, provide the purpose of the email:
Email Resignation Structure:
Ms. Sharon Vermillon
RN5555 Rose St.
Seasoned, WV 26222
January 5, 2022
Ms. Karen Deleon
St. Joseph’s Nursing Center
111 Go Beyond Rd.
Seasoned, WV 26222
Dear Ms. Deleon,
I am writing to inform you of my resignation as a Registered Nurse at St. Joseph’s Nursing Center. My last day of work will be January 19, 2022.
Working at St. Joseph’s Nursing Center has been a privilege, and I will carry my experiences with me into my future work as an RN.
Please let me know if I can assist in the transition in any way. I wish you, the staff, and all of the nursing center residents and patients the best of luck in all future endeavors.
Sharon Vermillon, RN
Subject: Resignation – Joseph Kinkade
Dear Mrs. Parker,
Please accept this letter as my notification of resignation from the position of Nurse Practitioner at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. My last day of work will be February 28, 2022.
I have enjoyed my time here at the Children’s Hospital. I greatly appreciate the opportunities I have had working with such an extraordinary and innovative team. I learned a lot about caring for and working with children, and I will carry that forward with me in my future work as a Nurse Practitioner.
If I can assist during the transition, please let me know. I am happy to support you and the team in any way that I can.
Thank you for the opportunity to work with you and the team here at the Children’s Hospital.
Use these tips and examples to support you in successfully resigning from your job and moving forward in your career on a positive note.