One thing that is very hard on me is losing staff. Whether it be to a hospital, another client or a pregnancy, it's always difficult for me to have someone leave. Most of the time the nurse and I have a relationship where we understand each other and have bonded. I know that as nurses, they aren't supposed to be "friends" with their clients but its hard to work so close to someone (full-time is 36 hours a week) and not form any sort of bond/friendship/relationship. I'm sure others with caregivers can relate to my situation.
After someone leaves, the main goal for me is to get someone to replace them. Usually they give a two-week notice. Sometimes it takes a while to find someone and sometimes it happens very quickly. It just depends. In the case going on now, one of my nurses who has been here for almost a year worked her last day on Wednesday and is going to be working at Children's Hospital. I'm very happy for her. I've already interviewed and met five nurses, three of which are going to work to fill the shifts. While it is hard on me to lose staff, it's also hard on the nurses as well to leave.