letter of resignation advice


I will be giving my two week notice asap. I have been out for a few months due to surgery. Any ideas how to write a letter of resignation that is polite and to the point without any details? I know this may sound silly, but I am struggling with this. I don't want to burn bridges, which I don't believe I have. Any ideas out there? Thanks............:wink2:

Katnip, RN

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Dear _____

I am resigning my position of ______________ effective (date). I am giving the required two weeks notice and my last day of work will be (date).

I appreciate all the opportunities given to me to learn and grow in my career during my employment here.




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Specializes in PICU/NICU. Has 14 years experience.

Katnips letter is perfect! I'd like to offer one more piece of advise... send a copy to HR the day you give it to your manager. I've been burned by a lying NM before- said she never received "written resignation" and tried to hold me to a much later resignation date. I never expected that from her either--- you just never know!:twocents:

chuckc, BSN, RN

107 Posts

great ideas guys! Thank you so much for your help. :wink2:


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Just say your are putting in your resignation because some personal things have come up in your life. If you really want to be nice you could put in there that you may want to come back later when things in your personal life are fixed. Other than that, keep it short and simple. You don't need to write a 3 pg resignation letter because then it will seem like you are rambling.

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Meriwhen, ASN, BSN, MSN, RN

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Specializes in Psych ICU, addictions.

If it were me, I'd hand-deliver it to my manager and let her know that "for her convience", I've already sent a copy to HR. Otherwise, if you're going to mail it, send it registered or certified mail with return receipts--don't leave it in the hands of interoffice mail.

Also, you don't really need to explain why you are leaving, nor is the resignation letter the place for airing any grievances or complaints you have. Save both of those for any exit interview...and even then, word any grievances/complaints carefully.

diane227, LPN, RN

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Specializes in Management, Emergency, Psych, Med Surg. Has 32 years experience.

If you send it by mail, make sure you send it certified with return receipt.

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