Letter of resignation

  1. I had an interview on Friday and got the job. My problem is that I need to write a letter of resignation to the hospital where I'm at now. I've never had to do this so I have no idea what to say and how to say it. When I left my previous job to go to nursing school, all I had to do was go to the boss and say hey, I'm leaving in 2 weeks.....I had actually told them 2 months in advance, then told them again 2 weeks before my last day.

    I enjoyed my time at this facility but I'm getting out because I don't want to stay in hospital nursing and I have a great opportunity right now.

    Do I write "This is a letter to notify you of my resignation on XX date. I greatly appreciate the opportunity to have worked for this facility. I have learned alot and feel priviledged to have worked with such a fine group of people" ...............then what?

    Any input will be greatly appreciated!
  2. 16 Comments

  3. by   Nurse Ratched
    period. Sounds good to end it right there. If you feel so inclined, you can add "resignation on xx date to accept a position at xxx place."

    Edited to add: Congrats on the new job!
  4. by   Scarlette
    So just a few sentences like that will suffice? ROFL! Here I'm thinking that I need to write a couple of paragraphs to make it seem "professional". I've never had to do this, so I wasn't sure!

    Thanks for the congrats! I'm pretty excited about the new job!
  5. by   Nurse Ratched
    Mine was about three lines - not at all dissimilar to yours, as a matter of fact, so I may be biased . I put it in larger font so it looked like more, but what else is there to say? (Tip: doing somersaults when handing it in is considered tacky... )
  6. by   Scarlette
    ROFL!!!!! Ok, note to self *no somersaults* Laughing would probably be bad too? LOL!
  7. by   nurseleigh
    I agree that what you have should be sufficient. I have only had to write one resignation and it was maybe one paragraph. Stated that I was leaving, what day would be my last day, and thank you.

    The only reason that it approached one paragraph is that I told them that if they wished they could leave my on thier list as per diem, and they did cuz I have gotten messages from them a time or two.

    Mine was hand written so I couldn't make it look longer with fonts and size. lol


    p.s. congratulations
  8. by   Rustyhammer
    I am anxiously waiting to write MY letter of resignation.
    I think I can still do a cartwheel.
  9. by   MrsK1223
    I think what you wrote is fine. I recently gave notice and it was just one sentence and I've given notices before and always wrote about a paragraph. This place is very small...under 20 people and the office manager went out of her way to make my job hell so I jsut wrote, " This is my official two notice and my last day will be such and such date. I have all my professional references thru them and the office manager isn't one of them, since she never spent the first day in the office I worked in.
  10. by   NurseDennie
    I've had jobs where one of my greatest pleasures was looking forward to writing my letter of resignation. I always wanted it to star out "It is with great pleasure I tender my resignation." But I've never done so.

    That probably doesn't say much (good) about my career. *sigh*


  11. by   Nurse Ratched
    NurseLeigh brings up a good point - if you want to remain PRN, this is also a good place to tell them. (good to keep a foot in the door for a little while anyway!)
  12. by   Sleepyeyes
    PS Don't forget to spellcheck

  13. by   renerian
    Does a policy say how long you need to give a notice for?

  14. by   Little One2
    Usually the policy is two weeks notice.

    I just handed my resignation last month. I was not happy working there. As soon has I found something and spoke to the manager, I felt very happy and look forward to writing that letter.

    In the letter, I wrote why I was writing the letter, my last day according to my discussion with manager, and a sentence thanking the manager for support. I had three paragraphs.

    Scarlett, your letter is fine.