Dental Assistants can find themselves easily overwhelmed with the level of responsibility they have and the many duties of their job. S ince they work hard to meet all of these requirements, it is no wonder they can find themselves stressed out and needing someone to talk to. It is always easier to talk to those who know exactly what you are talking about. The medical and dental professions are known for taking enthusiastic qualified individuals and squeezing the very life out of them will took much be asked of them on a daily basis.
Dent al Assistant support groups are not meant to be an arena to negativity to breed and escalate. It is to provide Dental Assistants with social interactions with others in the field who are experiencing the same types of things in their employment endeavors as well. Too of ten, individuals in the dental field are their own worst enemy. They de mand too much of themselves. Being pa rt of a Dental Assistant support group will help you set realistic goals and expectations for yourself.
Dental As sistant support groups can be formed of your co-workers if you work in a fairly large dental facility. If not, co nsider advertising for Dental Assistants from other facilities to get together and form a group. This can of fer valuable insight as to how other organizations deal with issues that you are experiencing in your role as a Dental Assistant. Most dental facilities will support your endeavors as they understand the restraints of the Dental Assistant field. You may also want to open the group up to those interested in pursing a career as a Dental Assistant, those in a Dental Assistant program, and those who have retired from a career as a Dental Assistant. Each can offer unique perspectives on the dental field of being a Dental Assistant.
Often, each den tal facility can take a turn hosting the meeting. Another option i s to get a
Church or library to allow you to meet in their facility free of charge. You can host meet ings once a week, every other week, or monthly depending on how in depth you want your support group to be.
Another great op tio n is to join a support group online. You can stay anonymo us, as well as interact from the comfort of your home. Most online support g roups for Dental Assistants are free of charge and hosted by dental organizations. They offer tips, advic e, online magazines, chat rooms, and message boards. All available at your f ingertips with the touch of a few simple keys. These are an excellent s ource of support for those not wanting to put effort and time into organizing a Dental Assistant support group.
A career as a Dental Assi stant can proof to be challenging. To avoid burnout and the e ffects of stress, consider joining a Dental Assistant support group. It can be a wonderful oppor tunity to meet new people in the field, gain information, share your experiences, and just get some needed support from those who know best what your experiences are on a daily basis in your role as a Dental Assistant.
Support groups are known to offer social interactions, stress relief, and friendships. Having a support group for De ntal Assistants is no different. To make sure your support grou p is effective, set some ground rules. The support group is to stay po sitive. It is available to discuss probl ems, but not just as a complaint mechanism. The goal needs to be to offer sup port and solutions to the issues Dental Assistants are experiencing. You will also want to keep your me etings set on a regular day and time. An agenda will also prove to be use ful as is a newsletter. Just make sure to get plenty of help with organizing the details or the support group can overwhelm you. Ironically, that will result in your career as a Dental Assistant proving to be even more stressful for you!