5 Important Tips For Quitting your Nursing Job


Quitting your nursing job can be very difficult.

I see many nurses do this the wrong way. The ideal goal is to leave in a manner where you will always be welcomed back. For some nurses reading this, you might say I’ve quit many nursing jobs that I knew I would never return to. The problem with that is that you never really know if you will return. I have worked with many nurses who have bashed their employer prior to quitting. They will say how horrible their position was only to return years, months, some only weeks later.

You don't want to unnecessarily burn bridges. Also, nurses tend to move around, and you never know when you will run into a familiar nurse again and what positions they will be in. To avoid burning bridges and keeping your options open, we recommend prior to quitting your nursing job to keep these tips in mind.

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1. When quitting your nursing job Work Harder than everyone else

We suggest always giving 100% effort but especially when you are about quit. Knowing that you are going to be quitting your nursing job is not a time to start slacking off. You want to continue giving exceptional care and exceptional effort. Co-workers and supervisors will remember the last moments they had with you. This ensures that you will receive a good work reference and opportunities to return if needed.

2. When quitting your nursing job do NOT bad mouth your current employer.

This is a good way to be remembered as a whiner. I've never understood the perpetual need to bash your employer prior to quitting. It ends up making it awkward for those who are still there. Also, how silly would it look if you wanted to return to that employer? You would think it doesn't happen, but it happens a lot.

3. When quitting your nursing job Give Advance Notice

It is customary in most situations to give a two-week notice but that could vary a little bit based on position. What you really want to avoid are “no call no shows”. Calling one day and just telling whoever that you are not showing up and you quit. You also want to avoid unnecessary “call-ins”. Those kinds of behaviors put unnecessary strain on your coworkers/former coworkers. Not to mention that a lot of companies have a no rehire for not giving proper notice prior to quitting. If you need help writing a resignation letter check out Example of a Nurse Resignation Letter.


Further Reading:
If you need tips when you start a new nurse job check out Starting a New Nurse Job

If you need help writing a resignation letter check out Example of a Resignation Letter for Nurses

4. When quitting your nursing job if asked Train Your Replacement


Depending on your position it is possible that you will be asked to train your replacement or someone who is going to be taking over your duties. You want to do the best that you can to train your replacement. If for nothing else do it for yourself. It will leave a good lasting impression of you to your former employer giving you the opportunity for a good work reference and open arms if you were to ever decide to come back.

5. When quitting your nursing job do NOT bad-mouth them later

Bad mouthing your former employer after starting your new job is tacky. It makes you look ungrateful. Talking bad about your previous employer at your new job is tantamount to someone who is talking about a previous ex in a new relationship. In both scenarios, you look like someone who hasn't moved on.

Are there any other ways to avoid burning bridges when quitting your nursing job?

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