PROFESSIONAL GROWTH: Write a resignation letter without burning your bridges
Linda S. Smith DSN, MS, RN, CLNC

June 2010 
Volume 40  Number 6
Pages 51 - 52
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ARE YOU PLANNING to resign from your current nursing position? This article will give you practical advice to keep in mind as you write your resignation letter, which will become an important part of your personnel record. By keeping your letter positive, you'll leave a bridge back to the organization if your plans ever change. You'll also leave a professional impression that may help you in future job placements.Once you've decided to move on, consider when and how to submit your resignation. Ideally, you'd submit your resignation letter and inform your manager orally at the same time. But even if you've already told your manager you're resigning, you need to follow up with a hard-copy letter. Despite the prevalence of e-mail and text messaging, a formal, signed, hand-delivered resignation letter is the professional way to resign from your position.If you're a staff nurse, plan to give 2 to 4 weeks' notice, excluding nonwork hours such as paid time off,

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