Resignation Letter- please inspect

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630 Posts

I agree, the formal letter only is needed with the effective date of resignation with your last work day.


76 Posts

Specializes in cardiac.

I see the point of arguing for the more formal letter, but your letter is nice and may foster some goodwill if you ever need to or decide to go back. I'd take out the "though" as highlighted in read in an earlier post. Make sure you add your intended date of resignation.

Jolie, BSN

6,375 Posts

Specializes in Maternal - Child Health.

It is never necessary and rarely helpful to the employee to offer a reason for a resignation. A short, professional letter should be submitted in person, if at all possible. Feel free to discuss your reasons with your manager if you like, but don't put them in writing.

Your letter will be kept in your personnel file. 10 years from now, you may wish to repply to this hospital. Your manager and co-workers will be gone by then. A hiring manager will look in your file and see that you had a complicated personal life that limited your availability for work. You'll not be considered for the job.

In resignation letters, less is more.

Best of luck to you!


76 Posts

A hiring manager will look in your file and see that you had a complicated personal life that limited your availability for work. You'll not be considered for the job.

In resignation letters, less is more.

Best of luck to you!

Jolie said precisely what I'm thinking. Never give anyone any chance to look negatively at you or your situation; you might need to work there again in the future.

wonderbee, BSN, RN

1 Article; 2,212 Posts

Specializes in critical care; community health; psych.

Nice letter but too much information in writing. With the best of intentions, it could come back to haunt you if you want to come back to that employer. You want to give yourself as much wiggle room as possible.

No reason you can't verbalize how you feel about things to your supervisor.

Congrats on your new position.

allnurses Guide

ghillbert, MSN, NP

3,796 Posts

Specializes in CTICU.

I agree - short and succinct is the way to go, with no apologies (you're NOT sorry, or you wouldn't leave!), no excuses and no plans for where you're going. This is just for the HR file. Tell your manager in person what you want to say - and I would definitely tell her I was leaving because she did not fulfil her promise!

gonzo1, ASN, RN

1,739 Posts

Specializes in ED, ICU, PSYCH, PP, CEN.

I too am weighing in for the short, succinct letter. As above posters said this letter goes in your file and may be seen by different people in the future.

You lucked out and got the perfect position and your current employee lied to you about shifts.

You do not want to give anyone anymore personal information about yourself or life than you absolutely have to. You never know how/when it will come back to haunt you.


38,333 Posts

Six years from now your folder may get looked at and your letter of resignation referred to. The manager you wrote the personal letter to most likely won't be there. Submit the professional letter of resignation.

This manager wasn't concerned enough with your personal circumstances to keep her word to you, so why refer to personal circumstances in your letter? I wouldn't worry about the bind she is in. Let the nurse who took your day position worry about it. I'm sorry that this seems like a selfish way of looking at it, but your manager had the chance to do right by you, but felt the pregnant lady was more important. Lying to prospective or new employees is never a wise act.


20 Posts

Specializes in Rehab, LTC, Psych.

I agree with the majority. Even though you have a personal relationship with your manager, you need to just be short, concise, and to the point. After reading that you are terminating your employment, they do not want to read the other details. It is better to discuss that in person, if she wants to.

It always feels bad to leave a place of employment, but it is a business decision, and the place will not fall apart because of your absence! You have to do what is best for you and your family.

good luck in your new job!:yeah:

Specializes in Med/Surg, Home Health.

I would definitely take out the "Im so very sorry". Only apologize in life when you have done something wrong. And you have done nothing wrong to need an apology. It shows good character that you worry about leaving them in a tough spot, but they have ultimately put you in a tough spot. I agree with the others that a short, to-the-point letter is what is needed. You can always SAY the other things to the manager's face at the meeting. Your letter will be a permanent part of your file and it needs to sound professional, not personal.

Specializes in Med/Surg, Home Health.

Oh, and good luck and congrats on your new job! :)

Mr Ian

340 Posts

Specializes in mental health; hangover remedies.

Dear Nurse Manager,

You suck. I'm leaving.

I know I'm meant to give notice to leave on a certain date but since arrangements don't mean jack around here I could go anytime when I simply feel like it.

Don't worry tho - your name is on the top of the list for places I like to work since passing my NCLEX.

Until I work anywhere else.

Buh bye.

Or mebbe go with the formal ones....

(don't ya just wish tho sometimes??)

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