Is this disloyal?

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I just graduated and passed my NCLEX for RN. I have been working as an LPN for many years. My current job has been supportive of me throughout school, but I was recently offered my dream job in a hospital setting. I feel guilty for wanting to leave my current job, but this job offer is what I have worked for to obtain my RN. How can I resign from my current job without seeming disloyal?

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Congratulations on graduating and passing the NCLEX!

It understandably feels disloyal, and some staff and managers who want to keep you may even say it's disloyal.

But it's just business; you shouldn't pass up your dream job because you fear appearing disloyal.

Transitioning to a role that aligns with your career goals is a significant and exciting step. Here are some steps to help you resign from your current job respectfully and professionally:

Reflect on Your Decision

Ensure that transitioning to your new job aligns with your long-term career goals and professional development. Your current job has supported you, but your career growth is important, too.

Prepare for the Conversation

Plan what you want to say to your manager. Emphasize your gratitude for the support and experiences you've gained. Highlight how the new position is a natural progression in your career.

Choose the Right Time

Request a meeting with your supervisor at a convenient time that allows for a private conversation. If possible, avoid busy or stressful times.

Be Honest and Appreciative

Express your gratitude for the opportunities and support you've received. Be honest about your career aspirations and how the new job aligns with those goals.

Provide Adequate Notice

Give at least two weeks' notice, or more if possible. This shows respect and allows your employer time to plan.

Offer Assistance

Offer to help with the transition, whether training a replacement or documenting your duties. This demonstrates your commitment to ensuring a smooth handover.

Write a Formal Resignation Letter

Submit a formal resignation letter after your conversation. Keep it professional and positive. Here's a template to help you get started:

[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State, ZIP Code]

[Phone Number]

[Supervisor's Name]
[Company Name]
[Company Address]
[City, State, ZIP Code]

Dear [Supervisor's Name],

I am writing to formally resign from my position as [Your Position] at [Company Name], effective [Last Working Day, typically two weeks from the date of the letter].

I am incredibly grateful for the support, guidance, and opportunities I have received here. My experiences at [Company Name] have been invaluable and have contributed significantly to my professional growth. However, I have recently been offered a position that aligns more closely with my career goals and aspirations as a Registered Nurse. I believe this is the right step for my professional development.

I am committed to ensuring a smooth transition and am more than willing to assist in training my replacement or in any other helpful way. Please let me know how I can best facilitate this process.

Thank you again for your understanding and support. I look forward to staying in touch and wish the team continued success.

[Your Name]  


Stay Positive and Professional

Maintain a positive attitude during your remaining time. Continue to perform your duties diligently and leave on good terms.

Leaving a job can be challenging, especially when you have a supportive environment, but it is important to pursue opportunities that help you grow professionally.

Focus on being professional, give two week's notice, and express gratitude for the opportunities. Then, move on to your dream job.

Best wishes,

Nurse Beth