Notice required upon leaving position


  • Specializes in cardiology, hospice, core measures audit. Has 12 years experience.

Hi, much notice upon resignation is required for a regular staff nurse to give? I have heard 2 weeks, and then also 3 weeks. Thanks:heartbeat


21 Posts

Specializes in CTICU, Rapid Response Team, telemetry.

I have worked in a few hospitals (NY) and it was customary to give as many weeks as you get for vacation. Not sure if it is different elsewhere.

bill4745, RN

874 Posts

Specializes in ICU, ER. Has 15 years experience.

Your institution should have this in some type of employee handbook. At my hospital it is whatever vacation you get per year (three weeks for me).

TazziRN, RN

6,487 Posts

I've never had the required time based on length of vacation earned. At both hospitals it was 30 preferred, minimum 2 weeks required. If you gave less than 2 weeks without a darn good reason then you would not be eligible for rehire.


26 Posts

Specializes in cardiology, hospice, core measures audit. Has 12 years experience.

So it seems there is no "professional standard" for RN's?

TazziRN, RN

6,487 Posts

To my knowledge "professional standard" is 30 days, which would give time to hire and orient a replacement. That's in any job, not just nursing.


1,446 Posts

Specializes in ED, ICU, PACU.

2 jobs I left in NY required 4 weeks notice, which was equiv. to the vacation.


4,177 Posts

it is courteous to give as much time as yo possibly can however i have had this turn to bite me on two occasions

once i had given a two week notice and they called three days into the notice and said that they had replaced me

on the other occasion the don grabbed my lettr and told me not to come back that she had someone in mind for my job, the adminstrator called a few days later and asked my side of the situation..the don told her that i had left w/o notice, i know that an admistrator does not reoutinely call to confirm whether or not her don is telling the truth but i took a little vacation and i was the better for it

Katnip, RN

2,904 Posts

Here, it's two weeks for a staff nurse, 4 weeks for management. A lot of staff nurses do offer to work out their current schedule if it's longer than two weeks, which is always appreciated.


951 Posts

Specializes in Hospice, Critical Care. Has 17 years experience.

I've always heard that 2 weeks is the minimum acceptable notice. Two weeks' notice is considered to be a professional resignation. If you can give more (e.g., work out a schedule), you'll be well regarded.


805 Posts

Specializes in Psych , Peds ,Nicu.

I am intrigued by this question .

Specifically ,why is it that the employer can have a policy stating , you have to give a certain amount of notice , yet often these same employers can fire you at will . You turn up for your shift , only to have to go to a meeting , get terminated and escorted off the premises .

I am not advocating , giving no notice ( I have always given a months notice ) . But as has been shown by others earlier in the thread ,by giving notice some employers seem to take it personal ,then turn punitive .

It seems to me that if I should behave professionally in offering my resignation , my emploter should show me the same level of respect , when terminating my postion .


38,333 Posts

I live in an employment at will state and therefore our employee handbooks always state that no notice is required by either party. I've given two weeks notice nonetheless. I've also resigned months after the fact of no longer working for an employer, due to the circumstances. I've also given notice and been immediately escorted off the premises. I think that most employers, if not otherwise made known, will be looking for the standard two week notice. Make certain that you resign in writing and keep a copy of your resignation letter for yourself should there be any questions afterward.

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