You will need a strong stomach, compassion for geriatric and special needs patients, and a true service heart for this nontraditional dental hygienist position. Flexibility to travel at short notice and to start early or stay late is necessary, but the pay off for working an occasional 12 hour day is the short work day to come that will balance the total hours for the week. We work clinically roughly 4 days a week, though occasionally we will work 5, but the hours will average out to 32/week, which is great. The work is never mundane, with new challenges daily in tailoring patient care, which keeps the job interesting.
This job involves interaction with patients in less than pleasant living conditions, including unpleasant smells and sights. However, this is what makes this type of patient care so very rewarding to me, in that we aim to make a difference in their lives by providing much needed dental services that will eliminate pain and/or disease. I am glad this company is expanding in response to the growing need of dental care for this specialized population of patients. I absolutely love my job.