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First day working as hygienist as a temp a bad idea?

Hi there, I have just become licensed and am super eager to work. Although I would like to find a full-time position that is open to working with new grads, I am having trouble doing so. There have been a few temp positions available, but I am a bit apprehensive to work on the spot like that with having very minimal experience as an RDH. The thought of my first day as a hygienist going into a strange office, not knowing anyone or how their system flows terrifies me! I know that all offices work differently, but Any advice or personal experiences would be much appreciated.



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Hey! I have been there and done that and I was so nervous for my first day of work in an office I didn’t know anything about. Luckily, after temping for several months right out of school, I have found many offices are very helpful for temps since they are grateful to have any help! Make sure you come early as they will often explain their office and how everything works. I ask every question I can before the first patient and then ask questions as needed. I am grateful I worked in so many offices before my first office so I got a feel for what I liked, what I didn’t like, etc. Unfortunately the first time you just have to dive in but you will find that your school training will serve you well and you are more prepared than you think! Good luck, you will do so well!!

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I also did this. I was hired full time right out of school, but my position did not start for several months. I was SO nervous that I would forget everything I learned and lose all the skills I had gained in the clinic, so I searched for temp work right away. It was very intimidating and I was literally just thrown right in to my first patient’s appointment. It wasn’t pretty! but I got through it and I quickly became comfortable and confident. It was definitely challenging going from office to office, but I learned many different systems, worked with several types of people and really was able to decide what aspects of the practice were important to me. I even continued to temp on my days off for a bit after starting my FT position. Once I had kids it became too much, but I do recommend it. You’ll do great!

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