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New hygienist in need of advice

I am a newbie to the hygiene world as I just graduated in March. During my interview, my current employer “wooed” me by explaining she has the most current technology and is in need of a full time employer. Unfortunately, she actually has very limited technology- we aren’t even provided a printed copy of the radiographs! I work blind (without x-rays) on every patient (even SRP’s) as I have 9-12 patients a day and don’t always get a chance to run up to the computer to pull up the electronic radiographs before each appointment. Also, during a probe assessment, if I find a single 4mm pocket I have to inform the patient they need a “deep cleaning” without the opportunity to review the x-rays for bone loss. I was asked to complete 3 quads of 1-3 SRP in 30 minutes the other day when I informed the Dr I would need a whole 50 minutes at least to complete the pt’s treatment. Also, I have only been given part time work. I just found out from the other hygienists that they all make the same wage as I do and they informed me to never ask for a raise because she doesn’t believe in them. They also told me she does not believe in full time employees because she doesn’t want to provide benefits.
I guess I don’t really have a question I am asking, I am just in need of some advice from seasoned hygienists. I have been looking around for a new job and have a few interviews lined up. What do you all think of my situation? What would you do in my situation?



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I would most definitely be looking for another job! I know it’s frustrating. However, newbie or not you deserve to be treated respectfully at work and to like your job! I wish you luck. You will find the right job, don’t hive up!

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I fell into a similar situation. I would for sure look for a new job. This doc is obviously very cheap and doesn’t care about their employees or the patient for that matter.

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I agree with the others, it’s unfortunate but you’ve fallen into a pretty bad job situation. Don’t hesitate to accept a different position should one be offered to you, there are much better working conditions to be had out there! Good luck!

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Every office will have its own frustrations but these things are not minor and will make hygiene miserable for you. Look for other work ASAP!

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For one, it doesn’t sound like you are in a good environment to learn in as a new Hygienist. Also, sounds like you are getting taken advantage of by your employer which I understand happens alot 🙁 Think about if you would want to be a patient or have your family/friends as patients in an office like that where you are doing SRP without radiographs and telling everyone with a 4mm pocket that they need SRP? You will get burnt out fast. Just do your best while you are there to not burn bridges but get out of there when you can 🙂 Good luck.

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Hopefully you find the office that believes in the same treatment philosophies as you. We cannot herd patients in and out like cattle. We can’t perform our best without having the necessary equipment at our disposal. We cannot recommend necessary restorative treatment if we do not feel the dentist can provide quality dentistry. Most people only need to feel respected and appreciated everyday……raises are nice, but Respect is best. Good luck!

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Look at it as a learning experience…you just learned who NOT to work for. Best of luck finding an office where you can thrive. 🙂

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If you aren’t talking about a Doc from Mystic, CT then that woman is her twin! That behavior has become very commonplace in the field. I worked for an office that wouldn’t provide me with a W4 for taxes. They claimed all I required was a 1099 at the end of the year for part time work. Well that meant no workers comp, no federal or social security withheld, medicaid ect. I stayed part time for six months and hit the road as soon as I found something else. It’s so shady out there I am surprised people still are enrolling in DH programs. Just keep swimming my friend.

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Newbie or Seasoned it does not matter Working without X-rays shame on you! We have all learned the same things and you should stick to it! If you are working without x-rays your not doing your job ! Get a new one! asap

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This is a no brainer, you need to move on & look for a position that best meets your professional ethics! As you know, that is easier said then done. It is not unusual to have numerous positions before you find a good fit ! Best of luck .

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It sounds like you realize what is wrong and you are looking for something that you know is right. You are doing the right thing looking for something else. This is just wrong in every way.

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