A professional and well-composed letter should be written when a nurse resigns from a position. The letter will go in a permanent file and be the final impression the employer has of you. It is never a good idea to burn bridges. The healthcare profession is a mobile one and your former employer could be your future employer one day. For these reasons a polite resignation letter is the best option for a resigning nurse.
Format and Content
The nurse resignation letter format should state your name and position as well as the date that you expect will be your last day of employment. It should express your appreciation for the opportunity to be employed at the facility. You do not have to explain why you are resigning, but it is acceptable to do so if you feel comfortable. Offering to help train the nurse who replaces you would be a nice gesture.
This nurse resignation letter sample is from a pediatric nurse who works in the emergency department of a children’s hospital. She has to do shift work at the hospital and that has been difficult. She now has a job in a pediatrician’s office where she will work normal business hours.
It is with mixed emotions that I resign my position as a registered nurse in the Emergency Department at ABC Children’s Medical Center where I have enjoyed working for the past 5 years. My work with the children at ABC who face medical emergencies and other health challenges has been immensely rewarding. The only drawback has been the fluctuating work schedule, and that is why I have obtained employment at a private pediatric practice.
I am going to work for Dr. Perry Matthews in his office in the ABC Medical Arts Building next to the hospital. Dr. Matthews would like for me to begin work in his private practice the first of next month; therefore I am able to give 2 weeks’ notice to the hospital. I want to volunteer to remain on the hospital’s disaster relief personnel list to be called in to the Emergency Department in the event of a catastrophic occurrence if that is acceptable.
In addition, I would like to continue working at the quarterly health fairs the hospital organizes throughout the city on selected weekends if you can use my services. I am passionate about the health fairs and the free screenings that are provided for our residents. I am a firm believer in the benefits of preventive care and am honored to volunteer my time; energy and expertise to help the residents of ABC County identify their health issues and seek treatment.
I want you to know what a pleasure it has been to serve on the emergency department nursing staff at ABC Children’s Medical Center. I started working at ABC right out of nursing school and cannot begin to express the value of the on-the-job education I have received there. Thank you again for the privilege of working with the young patients and the medical staff at ABC. I will miss everyone but also look forward to this next chapter in my life.
Christina James, R.N.