Finding Strength in a Time of Loss
All of us in the field know what a blessing it is to do what we do. While there are as many blessings as hardships, there remains the constant drive to be the best caretakers for those entrusted to our care. When we begin this line of work, we take an oath that we are …
Building Resiliency Through Our Story
According to the American Psychological Association, resilience is “the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or significant sources of stress.”1 Essentially, it means “bouncing back” from difficult experiences. What makes something difficult? The answer is…our brain does. Our experiences are not difficult until we have a thought that makes …
A Personal Journey to Mindfulness
Mindfulness is a unique concept to every individual. Kim Pope-Robinson, DVM, CCFP, has introduced a framework to help others find their own sustainable path within veterinary medicine.
Career Success: The Long Run
“I’d be happy in my job if only _________ would change.” If this phrase sounds familiar, read this issue’s Final Thoughts and learn how you can make change happen.
Bullies like to feel powerful. But here’s the secret: they only have the power you give them. Learn how to take back control of your feelings when faced with a bully.
The Antidote to Compassion Fatigue
Depression, burnout, and compassion fatigue are all too common concepts in veterinary medicine. But have you heard about compassion satisfaction? Read this article to learn more.
Technician, Heal Thyself
As a veterinary technician, you’ve been given the rare gift of being able to aid in the healing of others. Are you meeting all your own needs to be able to sustain yourself?
The Golden Ticket to Feeling Better
When you believe that the circumstances in your life cause your feelings, you are left feeling powerless. The truth is that you do have power—the power to make yourself feel better.
The Space Between Us
Boundaries are how we protect ourselves from emotional harm. This harm can come in many forms, such as always picking up the slack from lazy coworkers, allowing clients to have our cell phone numbers, not saying “no” when we want to, allowing clients to be disrespectful to us, and being touched when we don’t want to be.
An Attitude of Gratitude
Clients are a paradox. They contribute to both our compassion satisfaction and our compassion fatigue: in essence, both the good and not-so-good parts of our job.
What Monkeys Can Teach Us: Letting Go
There’s an ancient parable about how hunters used to trap monkeys. Coconuts were hollowed out, filled with monkey delicacies, and tied to a tree. A hole big enough for a monkey’s hand was cut in each coconut, crafted such that although a flexible hand could fit in, a fist could not be pulled out.
Be With What Is
Nurses eat their young. I’d never heard that phrase before my training to become a compassion fatigue specialist.