What Not to Include in Your Resignation Letter

From time to time nurses will resign for various reasons.

I once worked with a male nurse who was so fed up of working the night shift.

Each time he requested to work on day shift, he was told there was no opening.

He got so frustrated that he applied to another facility in the next town.

When he got a job working the day position, he showed me his resignation letter, and it went something like this; “I quit!  I’m fed up, pay me for my PTO and sick days, my last working day is 7th July. Thank God!”

Whenever I think about resignation letters, I remember his letter.

The reason why you are resigning may not always be positive, other times it may be simply because you are leaving town or you got a better paying job.

Whatever your reason is, remember, your resignation letter will be a part of your permanent record, and so it has to be as professional as possible.

Let’s look at three things you want to avoid.


Don’t vent

Even if you are truly fed up and absolutely hate the circumstances that you are working in, remember your resignation letter will always be in your employment file.

What you want to do is keep it simple, brief and to the point.

Other people have been known to write about how ‘mean’ the boss was, and that is the reason why they are resigning.

In this kind of circumstance, it may be advisable to have a meeting with your human resource department and your boss, if things are that toxic  -but avoid writing it in a resignation letter.
















Don’t show off

A friend once told me how they let their boss know they will be earning double the salary, and how they were offered a senior position.

They wrote and explained in detail how they will now be wealthy and buy that expensive sports car.

Your letter does not have to be personal and showy.

Instead, just say you are pursuing other opportunities and leave it at that.


Don’t threaten

Some resignation letters come across as threatening.

For example, “I resign today, but you will see!”

You may be unhappy, but you don’t want the cops investigating what you meant.





















Here is a sample of a simple, brief and professional letter.

Dear Sir/Madam

I would like to inform you I am resigning from the Admissions Nurse position, effective July 3rd.

Thank you for the opportunity you gave me.

I have learnt a lot and enjoyed working with this organization.

I will be pursuing other opportunities.

If I can assist in anything during my transition, please inform me.



If you ever want to come back to this organization in the future, or if you want a reference for a future job, this is the kind of letter you want them to find in your file.

If you would like more tips, enter your email today.



  1. really great advice all around. The temptation is to lash out when leaving a job, because so often you’ve been holding so much back. You just never know who your going to find yourself working with again. Plus, you get the good feeling of knowing you took the high road!

    • Joyce says:

      Yes Bethany.
      It is tempting to lash out, but you are right.
      You don’t want to burn your bridges.
      Thanks for visiting:)