Now get your minds out of the gutter!
I wrote a letter at the request of a coworker. The coworker had been requested to write a letter of reference for a 3rd party who is leaving our facility's employ (with no tears from those remaining.)
The person the reference is for (not a nurse) is a marginal employee at best. Widely recognized to be clueless, barely does her job, and has to be prodded to do the "dirty work" that she doubtless considers beneath her oddly extensive education but that is nonetheless part of her role. The person who was asked to write the reference is a colleague who will be more than happy to have her leave. Requested that the letter be as glowing as possible to facilitate the person's employment elsewhere. I got dragged into it because I can compose something decent-sounding.
So I did it (and it was a d*mn fine letter if I do say so myself) - but I feel kinda icky about it even tho my name isn't signed to it.
Trying desperately to think of a proper act of pennance for my transgression... I really wanted to find that reference letter that's floating around the internet where you read every other line to get the *real* message...