Sanders Jackie

The clinician in all of us

Oct. 12, 2021
Jackie Sanders, MBA, RDH, Chief editor, RDH magazine

RDH just completed its annual reader survey and one thing stood out—the clinician in each of us stands strong whether we are still practicing clinical hygiene or not. We still want to hear about the research, we need evidence-based facts, and we still have a desire to learn tips and tricks from our colleagues.

We are eager to hear about the other facets of dental hygiene and the paths others have taken and cleared for us, but the majority of RDH readers are grassroots dental hygienists who truly represent our profession. While many individuals are making their patients’ lives better and using the products we tell them about, there are many part-time clinicians jumping on the bandwagon for advocacy and making sure that we can all practice to our highest levels. They make a tremendous difference and change many lives for the better.

In this month’s issue, we share numerous articles that reach home plate with clinical dental hygienists who are truly the solid base of “why?”

Dianne Watterson, MBA, RDH, starts at square one and reminds us about the value of detailed charting and when it can be our greatest protection. Bethany Montoya, RDH, shares her insights about the challenges left-handed hygienists face when looking for employment. Pulling it all together, Anne Guignon, MPH, RDH, CSP, shares about all the cordless handpieces to choose from

Our readers asked for more content for practicing clinicians, and this month we came through for you. Also, in December we will share the results of the reader’s survey and the magazine’s focus for 2022. In the January issue, we will print the results, provided by DentalPost, from the annual survey on the state of the RDH career.

For those still needing continuing education before the end of the year, we will be hosting RDH Extended 2.0. on December 4. You will have the opportunity to acquire eight CEU from the comfort of your home.

Enjoy the fall weather, weekend football, leaf raking, and for some, your pumpkin spice treats and a good read.

Jackie Sanders