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Co-worker competition

I am a new graduate who was just hired by an office per-diem one day a week. Originally, they were going to wait for me to do a working interview when I got my license, but after my regular interview they liked me so much they asked me to start per-diem instead. So.. when going over my employment terms I was told that over the summer, I would do per-diem Fridays because it will allow me to utlize an assistant to help me better transition into private practice. After discussing all of this, I was also told they currently have another hygienist filling in per-diem (she is obviously more experienced) and that when Fall comes around that basically they were going to do reviews and pick the better option. This scares me to death! How can I compete with a seasoned hygienist?! However, I have started training and I fit in so well with the staff and they all love me as I love them too! I guess my question is just what everyone’s thoughts are on this matter? It’s a great, ethical, patient centered office and they really do run the place well, I am just worried to get the boot in the fall because the other hygienist is more experienced.



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P.S. they pay me REALLY well! Even just to train prior to licensure!

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My dentist once told me that how much the patients like you is the most important thing. Not to mention how you get along with your coworkers. Skills come with time, but I guarantee you they are looking for a good fit for their office and one who the patients really like and will come back to see. That’s what it’s all about! If they wanted someone with more experience, they would just hire the other girl! Good luck and don’t worry!

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Sometimes a seasoned hygienist doesn’t adapt as well to a new practice old habits that may not fit in. You could be a great addition to the practice. Don’t rule yourself out. Be willing to learn and work hard.

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Im happy to hear that the practice likes you. I think being a team player at all times will make a difference. Offering you help around the office on down time will be appreciated and will make you stand out. Don’t compete with her. Compete with YOURSELF:)

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Great advice from everyone! My advice would be always be willing to learn and help others. If everyone loves you, sounds like you’re already doing that. Good Luck!

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