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How has COVID affected your professional life?

Michelle Singer, Clinic RN, Kenton County Health Center

How has COVID affected your professional life?

Only socializing through social media.

 

Tracy Browe, Clinic RD, Campbell County Health Center

How has COVID affected your professional life?

I am able to come to work most days.

 

Cara Wright, Office Clerk, Billing and Support, District Office

How has COVID affected your professional life?

I miss coworkers.

 

Sonya DuPont, Project Leader, District Office

How has COVID affected your professional life?

I’ve learned my co-workers don’t get on my nerves as much as I thought they did…I really miss them! Just kidding! 🙂

 

Sharon Krebs, Clinic RN, Campbell County Health Center

How has COVID affected your professional life?

I have to admit that I like doing WIC via phone I believe the clients enjoy it too.

 

Clint Ibele, Case Manager, Linkage to Care, District Office

How has COVID affected your professional life?

Not being able to see my colleagues every day, eat lunch together, and meet with clients.  On the positive side, I’ve saved on gas and not missed the traffic. It’s also a preview of what life will be like after retirement (soon) and establishing some new routines.

 

Steve Divine, Director of Environmental Health and Safety, District Office

How has COVID affected your professional life?

I haven’t gotten my hair cut.

 

Robin Feltner, Public Health Impacts Administrator, District Office

How has COVID affected your professional life?

Joining the health department (during the pandemic) has been exciting and eye-opening from many aspects.  It’s hugely gratifying to know that your work each day means something tangible, that it affects people’s lives for the better, and to know you are making a difference during the pandemic.  And to know that your work plays a role in helping people live a better life feels amazing.  I love it!

 

Karen Domaschko, Human Resources Administrator, District Office

How has COVID affected your professional life?

In an effort to keep everyone as safe as possible, HR has moved as many functions as possible to remote access.  Probably the most startling difference is the way we interview and onboard new employees.  Even that is done via Google Meets now!

I miss the face-to-face contact with folks both personally and professionally, but we all have to learn to cope.  I hope COVID-19 is a blip on the radar instead of the new normal.

 

Kim Monaco, District Secretary, District Office

How has COVID affected your professional life?

Zoom and online meetings are now a part of my vocabulary and expertise!  I really miss my office, but the view from my dining room table is not too bad.  I have a mama deer and her twins who visit my yard daily so that is a highlight.  I definitely write a LOT more lists – office to do, home office to do, check on this, print these, don’t forget… it goes on and on.  I have been able to make time in my schedule for professional development and was able to receive my PACE (Professional Administrative Certificate of Excellence) certification.  I miss my NKY Health friends a lot.

 

Stephanie Haggard, Public Information Specialist, District Office

How has COVID affected your professional life?

For me, working from home has been very similar to working in the office, although I’m busier and spend a lot more time on NKY Health’s social media than ever before.  How I do my job hasn’t changed as much as where I do my job.

 

Ancel Scott Baxley, Accounting Specialist, District Office

How has COVID affected your professional life?

For a little while I was more of a full-time stay at home parent than career person. Hard to focus with a 4 yr old and a 2 yr old running around screaming and not listening. It is nice now to get back into the office even if it is part-time while working from home. Kids went back to school. haha

 

Debbie Young, Informatics Data Analyst, District Office

How has COVID affected your professional life?

My professional life has been impacted, but not to the extent of my personal life. I have found working at home to be a productive effort, with little to no interruptions. I do miss in person meetings and brainstorming sessions, but video conferencing has acceptably filled that void. I have more time to dedicate to my work efforts without the morning, lunch and evening commute times.  My dogs are especially happy that they don’t have to wait until lunch hour to go outside. I have attached a pic of them in their daily positions right under/next to my chair as they watch me work. Most of the time though, they are napping! The advantage is that it makes it more difficult to move the chair to go to the refrigerator!  For the first few weeks of the pandemic, I found myself a bit off schedule (sleep, awakening, work hours, etc.) I have found that maintaining the same schedule as I did during “pre-COVID” has proved to be a very productive effort. Getting up early, showering and being on my computer at the same time, has made it seem as though nothing has changed. I will admit that some of the daily COVID tasks can be taxing, but a small sacrifice in comparison to the benefits of working from home.

 

Beverly Underwood, Accounting Specialist, Payroll, District Office

How has COVID affected your professional life?

I am saving a LOT more items directly on the secure network drive instead of printing, scanning, and saving as a batch. This is also saving a LOT of paper too!  It saves time too because it is so much easier to find certain items since they are now saved individually. We figured out the hard way that you can’t do a search in the scanned files to find things. So this is a win-win situation for everyone who needs to access them.

I am enjoying working from home!  I can control the temperature in my workspace, the volume of the radio and not have to worry about affecting anyone around me since I have the place to myself – Best of all, I feel like I am getting more work accomplished because there are fewer interruptions occurring around me!