Making the transition to online learning has become a reality for many schools and universities, and the Rock Creek Campus of Portland Community College is no exception. In this blog, learn from Technician Instructor Laura Harris, CVT, about how the veterinary technology program is working around the clock to take care of their animals, co-workers, and students.

 

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With the passing of time, there are many different reactions that we may be experiencing as our “new normal” unfolds during the COVID-19 pandemic. One feature that seems to linger is a persistent, low level anxiety that has shifted our baseline for stress tolerance. Things that were bearable annoyances in the past may feel like day ruining events in the moment, or we may feel so overwhelmed...

An unexpected outcome of this pandemic has been that it’s changed my days off. This weekend, the general sense of unease that has settled in since the pandemic began was accompanied by something else. Up until a month ago, my time off was usually reserved for the weekly grocery run, chores at home, leisurely walks, and time to recharge. This weekend, the time seemed to stretch and felt all...

There are many different reactions you may be having during this stressful and uncertain period. One of the frustrating realities of human cognition is that we not only react to the world around us, but we also have internal reactions to our reactions. That supplementary reaction often looks and sounds like judgment. Exercising self-compassion in response to that judgment is a practice – it...

It can be hard to remember what life was like before COVID-19. The last month has been a constant rush of news headlines, avoiding those that are closest to you, and frantic lines at the grocery store. But in these times, practicing empathy can help us when we need help the most. Learn from Well-being Program Director Debrah Lee, about how empathy can join us together in times of uncertainty....

There is a lot that we are trying to contend with during this crisis. For many of us, there’s an underlying sense of urgency and helplessness as we try to find something to control in this surreal, and often uncomfortable, new landscape. There are many different reactions we may be experiencing as a result of this including those mentioned in our previous wellbeing article:

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Current PPE shortages mean finding creative and innovative ways to offer protection for team members. The recommendation for medical staff is to wear N95 respirator masks during COVID-19. These masks are best at catching at least 95 percent of particulates and form an airtight seal over the nose and mouth. Simpler surgical masks are designed to stop splashes and droplets and can prevent a...

While it may seem impossible to take care of yourself in these uncertain times, there are a few simple ways to take a moment for you. A few times throughout the day, try this structured breathing exercise to regain your focus.

Have you ever interacted with a client who had nothing but wonderful things to say about you and your staff? A few minutes later, they walk out the door leaving you wondering how you could have asked them to share their experience with others. Here are few simple ways to remind and encourage your clients to write reviews without feeling obtrusive or awkward.  

 

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With so much information at our fingertips with COVID-19, we wanted to share new procedures we are doing today (though these may change tomorrow) to help protect our staff, clients, and community. Here at DoveLewis, we are being transparent with our staff and clients about implementing measures for social distancing precautions, as well as what clients should plan for with the health and...

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