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New grad: real world anxiety

I graduated from an accelerated program in August, and did well in clinic and in class, but am terrified of the real world. I still can’t understand how my 4 hour clinic appointments are going to now hopefully be 1 hour. I’m organized, but feel overwhelmed. So over whelmed in fact, that I am not sending out resumes. I really want to ask the doc for a two week grace period so I can get my bearings but don’t want to come across as incompetent. Help please!



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The thought of transitioning from student to professional can be scary! Don’t let the transition stop you from moving forward though. The whole reason you went to hygiene school was to be a dental hygienist! Many new hygienists wonder how they are going to go from 4 hours to 1 hour, but then they jump in, do it, and low and behold, it can be done! We’ve all gone through it, you need to be confident in your skills and know you can do it too. I know this is easier said than done, but I’ve been in your shoes, had anxiety to the moon, but forced myself to just dive in – no asking for longer appointments or anything like that. Turns out, all went just fine! If I couldn’t find something or got stuck with the software, I just asked for help. Its also helpful to be open to constructive criticism. This is how you learn and become the best you can be.
 
Many offices will understand that you are a new hygienist and be supportive of that. Even if you are a seasoned hygienist, offices know that there is a period where you need to learn how the office runs. If an office isn’t supportive then its probably not somewhere you want to work anyway. And really, what’s the worst that can happen? Maybe you run late? That isn’t the end of the world! You’ve got to start somewhere and the best thing to do is jump in, not tip toe. You know what you are doing, be confident in that! You can totally do this!

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