Dental Hygienist (Female, Age 51) in smithtown, NY

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At a Glance

Current Job

Basic data on your current job

Job TitleDental Hygienist
Salary$37,000
Other Compensation None Set
Hours/Week20
Company Size(not answered)
Locationsmithtown, NY
Years Experience18 years

Career Ratings

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Years in Career0
Education(not answered)
Income Rating0 / 10
Interest Rating0 / 10
Work-Life Rating0 / 10
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Table of Contents

Current job Q&A

Describe the type of organization you work for.
small dental office 2 dentists, 2 assistants, 1 receptionist and myself

Describe your job role and responsibilities.
i preform oral prophlaxis, do exams, take x-rays

Please list an additional benefits (beyond compensation) that you receive.
2 weeks vacation

Do you feel you are under/over or well/fairly compensated at your current position?
i’m happy with the pay

Does your job entail you working with others on a daily basis? Is this something you like/dislike about your job? Please explain.
I deal closely with the dentists and office managers. I’m fortunate that they are all wonderful people.

Do you work collaboratively with supervisors/managers?
Yes

Do you work collaboratively with your co-workers?
Yes

Describe your work location (e.g., office, home, theatre, in the field) and what you like/dislike about working in it.
we depend on each other

Please rate each of the following aspects of your current job on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the highest/best):
Income: 1
Benefits: 6
Hours: 4
Co-Workers: 2
Supervisors: 3
Job Title: 5
Level of Responsibility: 7
The Actual Work: 7

A day in the life of…

Please describe a typical workday for you in your current job:

5am to 6am
6am to 7am
7am to 8amn/a
8am to 9amarrive 8:30 am stock room and go through days patient charts
9am to 10amfirst patient – x-rays, scale and polish teeth, discuss proper oral hygiene dismiss patient, clean room
10am to 11amsecond patient – x-rays, scale and polish teeth, discuss proper oral hygiene dismiss patient, clean room
11am to 12pmpatient no show help at front desk calling patients for next day
12pm to 1pmlunch
1pm to 2pmthird patient – x-rays, scale and polish teeth, discuss proper oral hygiene dismiss patient, clean room
2pm to 3pmfourth patient – x-rays, scale and polish teeth, discuss proper oral hygiene dismiss patient, clean room
3pm to 4pmfifth patient – x-rays, scale and polish teeth, discuss proper oral hygiene dismiss patient, clean room staff meeting 20 minutes – all present discussed various office matters
4pm to 5pmsixth patient – x-rays, scale and polish teeth, discuss proper oral hygiene dismiss patient, clean room say goodnight
5pm to 6pmn/a
6pm to 7pmn/a
7pm to 8pmn/a
8pm to 9pmn/a
9pm to 10pmn/a
10pm to 11pmn/a
11pm to 12amn/a

How you got your job

How did you get your current job?
a friend was leaving

What was the application process?
called and met with doctors in person, bringing resume

Did you have to interview for your current job? If yes, what did the interview process entail?
yes – i spoke of my job history and how qualified I was. I was hired on the spot.

If you can remember, what questions were you asked during the interview?
Why do you love cleaning teeth?!

Do you feel your employer properly prepared you for your job? Explain.
Yes, all duties were fully explained

Was there training for your current position? If yes, what did it entail?
Only school training, which was intensive

Do you feel your educational background prepared you for your job? Explain.
It was everything!

If applicable, do you feel your internship experience helped you prepare for your job?
n/a

If someone wanted to go about getting a job similar to yours, what would you recommend for him or her to do?
They go to a college that offers a dental hygiene degree, then take state boards for a license.

What skills do you think a person should have if they want to pursue a position like yours?
Good hand dexterity, getting along well with others, a good communicator

Do you feel that you need a certain level of education or training to be successful in your job?
yes

What advice would you give to someone who was about to start work in your position/ line of work?
Remember the good you are doing for others

Long-term career plans

Is your current employment part of your overall career plan? Why or why not?
yes- it is what i trained for

What are your current career goals?
more of the same

Is there anything else you would like to share about your career?
no

Prior work history

Please list your most recent jobs prior to this current job:

TitleLengthSalaryDescription
Prior Job 1rdh5 yrs$32/hrdental hygienist
Prior Job 2rdh4 yrs$30/hrdental hygienist

Educational background

Please list your educational background:

High School GPA:

GPASchoolDegree
College (Undergraduate)
or Technical/Vocational
3.8Farmingdalems
Graduate or Professional
(Masters or Doctorate)

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