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!
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  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.