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Temping

I recently moved to a new city and started working for a temp agency. I like the flexibility it offers but an uncertain as to whether or not it is a good fit for me. I know I am new to it but I am always so overwhelmed being in a new unfamiliar office it is hard. I also leave feeling incomplete did I do everything? Did I do everything right? Did I do it the way the office wanted? Does it get easier, do you get better at going into millions of different practices?



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The important thing when tempting is your care of the patients. Most offices understand that there will be much you don’t know about how they run the practice…just ensure your hygiene skills are there. 🙂

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It’s not easy to temp that’s for sure! I have temped and while very overwhelming at first, it did get easier. Over time, you will learn exactly what questions you need answered right off the bat; like how to perio chart (assistant? computer/paper?), sterile procedures, how long does the doctor need for an exam? When does he like to be told an exam is needed? Even though it can be stressful remember that temping helps so much when you do working interviews for a permanent office. Because, like I mentioned, you will be able to walk in there and be competent and efficient. Also, temping can teach you what you like about a permanent office so look at it as a learning experience each time. Remember, when you temp you are helping an office that is in a jam. If you didn’t do everything “perfect” its okay, as long as the patients were well cared for (like Sue Halverson said!). Experience is a great teacher; keep confident and do the best for the patients you see. Good luck, you got this!

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