Nurse Retirement Letters
Use these sample retirement letters as templates for your formal retirement letter.
Last updated on December 1, 2023
In the months and years leading up to retirement, it can be easy to assume saying goodbye to coworkers will be so easy. But then that day comes, and often the actual act of bidding farewell to the workplace, peers, and even bosses can be much harder than anticipated!
While writing a nurse retirement letter is still customary, the time it takes to compose a letter that contains exactly the right words can be unexpectedly time-consuming. Here, it often helps to have some guidance from others who have gone through the process.
Below are sample nurse retirement letters. Even though it is an informal letter, it should be written with professionalism, and not have an overly casual tone. The letter should be written in business-letter style, and it may be acceptable to copy the letter to everyone via email, except the direct superior.
Sample 1 - Nurse Retirement Letter
Sarah Smith RN
234 Wood Drive
Berkeley, CA, 94704
February 5, 20xx
Dr. Sandy Levinson
123 Healthcare Ave.
Berkeley, CA, 94705
RE: To inform of my impending retirement from Matrix Hospital
This letter is to inform you that I plan to retire from my position of Head Nurse from Matrix Hospital on 02/15/20xx. I would like to take this opportunity to tell you how much I enjoyed our business relationship. You were always very friendly as well as professional to me and I appreciate it very much. I worked hard to make your relationship with Matrix Hospital as smooth and easy as possible.
At our next meeting, I will introduce you to my replacement, Name of Replacement, and would like to ensure you that she will be vigilant to make the transition smooth.
I can be reached at (555) 990-3466 or at [email protected] if you have any questions. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to facilitate the transition.
Sarah Smith RN
Sample 2 - Nurse Retirement Letter
234 Candle Wood Lane
Oakland, CA, 947612
February 3, 20xx
7800 Oakland Blvd.
Oakland, CA, 947614
Attn: Karen Rhineheart - HR Department
RE: To inform of my impending retirement from Columbia Hospital
I have proudly served Columbia Hospital for more than 30 years. I am sorry to say that I have come to the point in my life where I must take my retirement. Thought I understand this is a bit earlier than anticipated, there are many things that have pushed me to make this decision. My last day of work will be February 12, 20xx. I find that this retirement is bittersweet, as I am excited to start a new chapter in my life but sad to end another one.
Columbia Hospital has been one of the best hospitals I have ever worked for. Though I started out as a lowly nurse technician, I worked my way up into a supervisor’s position. I have found over the years that the hospital has always been good to their employees and made sure that we were taken care of financially.
When looking for a new supervisor to fill my position, please take into consideration the long hours and dedication this position takes. The perfect person will be someone who has already had previous supervisory skills and is not afraid to face great stress and opposition. I would be willing to help in the hiring process and finding someone with Columbia Hospital that can fill my shoes.
I once again want to express my gratitude for having such a great hospital to be a part of. I feel blessed beyond measure that I got to be a part of such a great team.
By Andre Bradley