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by starbin starbin, BSN, RN (Member)

starbin is a BSN, RN and specializes in Nephro, ICU, LTC and counting.

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I got a new job and I would say a better job. Now I need to resign my old one.

I don't know who should I address in the letter? will that be the DON or the administrator?

Should I go and talk to the DON and let her know that I am resigning or should I just drop my resignation?

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WickedRedRN is a BSN, RN and specializes in ER/Trauma.

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My advice would be to put it in writing to the DON, copy to HR and anyone else you feel should have it. Me personally, I would sit down with my DON and let her know as I hand her the letter. But, it depends on your circumstances. It sounds as though you are leaving on good terms, so I would probably talk with her.

Congrats on the new job and good luck!

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starbin is a BSN, RN and specializes in Nephro, ICU, LTC and counting.

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My advice would be to put it in writing to the DON, copy to HR and anyone else you feel should have it. Me personally, I would sit down with my DON and let her know as I hand her the letter. But, it depends on your circumstances. It sounds as though you are leaving on good terms, so I would probably talk with her.

Congrats on the new job and good luck!

Thank you very much for your reply, Lori.

I am leaving just because I got a better job. I have a good record with the facility. My DON is also very friendly, I was thinking that it would not look good if I just give them a surprise resignation.

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P_RN is a BSN, RN and specializes in ORTHOPAEDICS-CERTIFIED SINCE 89.

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My favorite is still

"after ____years I find I must move on. Therefore I submit this (or my) resignation" My last day to work at________ will be _________. I appreciate all that _________has done to increase my knowledge of Nursing.

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walk6miles specializes in ICU of all kinds, CVICU, Cath Lab, ER..

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I agree with P..RN - short, simple, no mud slinging... always leave a door open cause you just never know.

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the most important part of the resignation is that you express SINCERE APPRECIATION for the opportunities you've had to work and learn at your position.

moving on is a natural part of the process, and i'm sure management understands this.

it's not about burning bridges, it's about moving forward in the most positive way :).

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If it's on good terms definitely give them a heads up.

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Just never burn your bridges

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MrChicagoRN is a RN and specializes in Leadership, Psych, HomeCare, Amb. Care.

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the most important part of the resignation is that you express SINCERE APPRECIATION for the opportunities you've had to work and learn at your position.

moving on is a natural part of the process, and i'm sure management understands this.

it's not about burning bridges, it's about moving forward in the most positive way :).

And, as a professional, be sure to give them adequate notice. 2 full weeks should be sufficient.

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I always preferred, "Take this job and shove it, I ain't workin here no more!"

Seriously, when I was young, nurse jobs were a dime a dozen and I didnt care about burning bridges. I have found out though, it is much better to go out on good terms. Years later after having ICU and ER experience, an employer called my first job which was a nursing home about 150 miles away, thank God I left on good terms.

I was immature and had a piss poor attitude, if I had to do it all over again, I would almost never burn a bridge. As bad as some of these companies are, they are providing you with a paycheck. If conditions are so bad that you are afraid of losing your license that is another thing. But be grateful, be mature, and show them how much you appreciate them hiring you.

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Dolce is a RN and specializes in Day Surgery, Agency, Cath Lab, LTC/Psych.

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Be gracious, warm and professional in the resignation letter. Remember, even if it was the job from you-know-where they are the ones who will be giving you a reference for the next job down the road.

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starbin is a BSN, RN and specializes in Nephro, ICU, LTC and counting.

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Thanks everybody for the reply. I resigned today. Wrote a nice letter full of gratitude..gave more than 2 weeks notice.......

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