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The Other Hygienist

In my office there are just us two hygienists. It really bothers me that we can hear each other and each other’s pts the way the rooms are set up. Well, she copies EVERYTHING I say and how I say it and even started explaining things the way I do. It drives me nuts!!! And she is so much louder than I am that it makes it seem to others as if I am copying her. I like her just fine, besides her copying me. She is so competitive with me all the time and tries to get pts to only want to see HER and not “the other hygienist”. She may be a little more likable than me.. but it’s getting more and more difficult for me to be likable when I am so frustrated!!! She’s been a hygienist for longer than I, which makes me think that I should be learning something from her and not the other way around. I guess I should just be glad and know our pts are well taken care of, but I feel like there’s office politics involved, which I have never been fond of.



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A diplomatic sit down may in in order with this hygienist. Maybe just mention the volume of your voices and confidentiality of the patients. There may be nothing you can do about Dr parroting you…just do your very best as a practitioner and try not to be too concerned with her. Hopefully things will fall into place, patients are smart and can read a snarky, petty hygienist. Build real connections with your patients and try to take the high road whenever possible. 🙂

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I can understand where you are coming from as far as the volume thing, just wondering if even though she has been practicing longer maybe she feels like the way you present things are better than her original thought on it, which could be taken as a compliment? I agree with Sue though, talking to her about it may help, even if it’s just to say that it’s not a competition and you would appreciate if she could speak a bit quieter?

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