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Leaving Your NP Position

Published July 8, 2009 7:40 AM by Lynn Schiff
The reasons for leaving a position are often complex.  Once a decision has been made to leave a position, choose to leave gracefully by following a few simple recommendations.

#1  Give adequate notice.
General standard notice is a minimum of 2 weeks, but often in a clinical setting 30 days is the norm.  Consult your contract or employee handbook for your practice's specific requirement.

#2  Write a resignation letter.
Resignations always look more professional if they are written or, if verbal, followed by a written notification that includes your last day of work. 

#3  Offer your assistance

Offer to help with the hiring process by networking to find a replacement.  Be available to train in the new provider if necessary.

#4  Don't get distracted
Stay on top of all your treatment plans and follow ups.  If you are drawing labs or ordering tests the last several days of work designate another provider who will follow up normal or abnormal results.

#5  Know what you're entitled to.
Check with your employee handbook and benefit information to find out what you're owed after you resign. You may be paid for unused vacation time or other benefits.

#6 Keep negativity in check

The medical community is often very small.  Make sure any complaints you may have are kept private.

#7 Stay in touch.
Networking is a great tool! Make sure your former employer and key colleagues have your contact information; get theirs, and use it to maintain good professional relationships.

#8 Send a Thank You
Send your boss and co-workers a thank-you note highlighting the positive aspects of your job. Co-workers will appreciate this nice touch, and it emphasizes they were working with a top-notch professional.

Lynn Schiff, NP, is the owner of Advanced Practice Solutions, a recruiting firm specializing in permanent and temporary nurse practitioner placements. 


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