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How to resign and not burn bridges

So, it’s that time at your job, huh? You have finally decided to move to a different Nurse Practitioner, Physician Assistant job.

Well, your world is full of possibilities, and whatever you choose to do from now, there is good chance that you will succeed in it. However, as any seasoned Nurse Practitioner, Physician Assistant or entrepreneur will testify, the network and connections you build over the course of your career are possibly your biggest assets. This includes your connections in your present job, which you have cultivated over your time there. You don’t just want to throw them to quit job and keep connections

Here are a few tips to resign with class and keep those great connections as you move on to greener pastures.


Do Not Surprise Them
Seriously. Nobody likes surprises in a professional setting. Not your boss; not your colleagues; not your patients. Give the standard two weeks’ notice or whatever is the agreed time in your contract which gives them time to find someone to cover your position. Also, speak to your manager and discuss the best way to handle your departure with the rest of your team and your patients. Then after you have a game plan, speak with them. This will make them feel valued and kept in the loop.


Don’t be Negative
Yes; you might be disappointed with your salary.  The job isn’t what you thought it would be or maybe you don’t like the supervising physician or your manager. You may hate your shift. There are any number of such reasons for wanting to leave. But, they are not the reasons you want to share with your employer. So, if you’re asked why – focus your answer on your career goals, skills or learning a new specialty or procedures. This is not the time to dump all your frustrations. No reason to burn bridges. Talk about all that you’ve learned, thank your manager for their support, etc. And if you have an exit interview with HR, remember again still not the time to complain. Leave everyone with a positive, professional impression.


Offer help in the transition

Once you give notice, you are so ready to go, but it’s a good idea to offer to help. This help could be in the form of training, procedures and processes. Leave good notes on your patients and be sure you are totally up to date with your EMR before you go. Your offer might not be accepted, but the gesture shows you to be a team player to the end.


Manage the Counteroffer
Many employers make counteroffers as a way to convince you stay. Be wary of these counteroffers. Things to consider – why didn’t they offer you that amount at your last review? Why now? Do they really value you or is this about them and their needs? And there are plenty of studies showing that most people who accept counteroffers don’t stay long. Employers never fully trust people who stay after counteroffers. Remember why started your job search and have the issues that made you want to leave improved? The answer is usually no. Turning down a counteroffer can be tricky, but just thank your boss and tell them you’ve accepted the other job and that you can’t renege on your commitment. And again, offer to help in the transition.


Maintain Your Network
Staying in touch with the Nurse Practitioner, Physician Assistant and other people you worked with is important. Send a brief professional email saying goodbye with your new contact information. If you manage your professional relationships well today, it can definitely reap good results in the future.