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Leaving a job, even if it’s on good terms, can be a sticky situation. It puts you and your employer in an awkward spot. A well-written letter of resignation, however, can help smooth over hard feelings as well as serve as necessary documentation of your intent to quit. A “take this job and shove it” message is never a good idea, even if it’s how you feel.

So, how do you draft a formal letter of resignation as a nurse practitioner? In my last post I discussed the components of a resignation letter. Here’s a sample using these guidelines:

Dear Dr. Meadors,

I am writing to inform you that I am resigning from my position as Family Nurse Practitioner at Faith Health Clinic. My last day of work will be March 1, 2015. 

I have received an offer of employment from a hospitalist group. After careful consideration, I have decided this will be an opportunity for me to expand my skills as a medical provider serving patients of a higher acuity level. 

I have enjoyed working with you and the other providers at Faith Health Clinic over the last four years. Thank you for the time you have spent teaching me, it has helped me build a solid foundation for the rest of my nurse practitioner career. Faith Health Clinic provides excellent care to our community. It has been a pleasure being part of the team. 

Over the next six weeks, I intend to help make this a smooth transition in every way possible including helping to train the new NP or PA hired for the position. As we discussed, I will also work my shifts as scheduled through March 1st. 

Thank you again for the opportunity to work together. I wish you the best. 


Erin Tolbert

Keep your letter professional, positive and respectful regardless of how you feel about your soon to be former employer. Ending your job on a good note will serve you best in your future endeavors.


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