• How much of a turnover is there at your treatment facility? Do you see a new nurse fairly often?

    Asked by hoosierboy on Wednesday, December 6, 2017

    How much of a turnover is there at your treatment facility? Do you see a new nurse fairly often?

    How about your oncologists? Have you been bounced from one to another because they come and go? I am on my third oncologist, and I believe there are only a few of the original nurses left. I do go to a large facility though, but I am curious if most places have this much turnover.

    12 Answers from the Community

    12 answers
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      I have lost two oncologists at my facility. Each got recruited to another facility. As far as nurses I couldn't say. They seem to be the same. I only go there once a year now though.

      12 days ago
    • IKickedIt's Avatar
      IKickedIt

      I chose to go to a satellite office of one of the top cancer centers in the region. The infusion center was small and I had the same two nurses, oncologist and office staff during the year I was there. Six years later, the same staff is still there. There was a PA who left and they have added another oncologist. This arrangement was the best for me. I much preferred the small office with the same staff each week.

      12 days ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      My first facility 29 years ago was that way. I think there were only 5 or 6 people in the whole clinic. For 2 years they were all the same.

      12 days ago
    • barryboomer's Avatar
      barryboomer

      I think cancer burns them out rather quickly...

      12 days ago
    • Circlek's Avatar
      Circlek

      I have only been doing chemo for 6 months, but all nurses, staff and oncologist have been the same and have been with this practice for almost 6-10 years.

      11 days ago
    • cllinda's Avatar
      cllinda

      I had just two nurses that were assigned to me. So I knew it would be one or the other who would get me through it. Didn't seem to be a large turnover at my place. But I am sure glad I had consistently the same nurses to tale care of me. They have quite a large crew and they helped each other out. If my nurse was busy with someone else, someone else would step in to shut off a buzzer, replace a bag, or to other things. Basically, unless there was a crisis, we always had help fast. I really liked the place I went to. And even five years later, ithere are most of the same nurses there. Very friendly and helpful too!

      11 days ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      There is very little turnover at my clinic. I have had the same oncologist since i started there in 7/2013. (Thank God!) His nurse practitioner and nurse are the same. My chemo nurses are pretty much the same as well. I guess some come and go, but my favorites have been there as long as I have.

      11 days ago
    • Ejourneys' Avatar
      Ejourneys

      I was diagnosed almost four years ago. My oncologists (MO and RO) have stayed the same. I saw my ARNP only during chemo, and my chemo nurses stayed the same for that duration. The only real turnover I've seen has been with the phlebotomists. My MO's assistant just recently left. I was sorry to see him go.

      11 days ago
    • kalindria's Avatar
      kalindria

      Both times my treatment was at fairly large facilities so I can't speak to turnover but I know I saw a lot of nurses at both. It didn't matter - they were all wonderful.

      As far as oncologists, I've seen a few during my four years of treatment. This hasn't been due to turnover but because I moved, lost coverage with one insurance plan, was enrolled in a clinical trial and had my oncologist go on maternity leave! That doctor will be back soon and I'm happy about that.

      Like the nurses, every single one of my oncologists have been consummate professionals and I have received topnotch care at three facilities in two states.

      10 days ago
    • meyati's Avatar
      meyati

      I think that staff turn over and staff rotation caused lots of my problems at the clinic that I left happily this September----poor pay probably. I'm just so glad to be out of there.

      I'm a nice person. When I went to my new clinic and oncologist, he asked me if I was friend with 2 different doctors--had a personal relationship with them. I was puzzled. I asked where and what they practiced. ER and he gave me the date. I said- That's when I had my ColonEndoscopy, and I woke up with Whooping Cough-WC has the same symptoms as a stroke. New doctor-that doesn't explain why this doctor would like a stranger so much. I said- that I was alert-not scared or whiny- and my body was clean- I kept myself clean- and that was hard.

      Then he said-- why would this doctor that took care of you for an bladder infection be talking like this. I told him that I was patient, not whiny, not flipping out, and I knew my medical history and body-then I understood what my lab results meant. He said- What do you mean? I said that I have IBS-and I sometimes feel like I have a fever when my stomach is acting up-so I'm slow to go in for anything, and a certain amount of time has to pass before an antibiotic is prescribed- and my labs at that time didn't point toward cancer anywhere in my urinary system..

      Then my new oncologist said---I'll take you for my patient--I can see why you were unhappy and distrustful with him. He told me to make sure that I contact him if anything did bother me.

      10 days ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar
      BarbarainBham

      I've had the same oncologist since 2002, and the staff is about the same. I go to a huge clinic in a medical center.

      8 days ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar
      BarbarainBham

      Hoosierboy, you could ask them about it. If you are in a teaching facility, some of the people may just be rotating through the area for a class or for a year.

      8 days ago

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