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Become A Hygienist

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Working As A Hygienist

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Getting Information
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $43,170

    Average Salary

What Does A Hygienist Do

The Hygienist is a specialist in the promotion of clean conditions for the preservation of health. They work in various environments, from factories and building sites to offices.

How To Become A Hygienist

Becoming a licensed practical or licensed vocational nurse (LPN or LVN) requires completing an approved educational program. LPNs and LVNs also must have a license.

Education

LPNs and LVNs must complete an approved educational program. These programs award a certificate or diploma and typically take about 1 year to complete, but may take longer. They are commonly found in technical schools and community colleges, although some programs may be available in high schools or hospitals.

Practical nursing programs combine classroom learning in subjects such as nursing, biology, and pharmacology. All programs also include supervised clinical experience.

Contact state boards of nursing for lists of approved programs.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

After completing a state-approved educational program, prospective LPNs and LVNs can take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN). In all states, they must pass the exam to get a license and work as an LPN or LVN. For more information on the NCLEX-PN examination and a list of state boards of nursing, visit the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.

LPNs and LVNs may choose to become certified through professional associations in areas such as gerontology and IV therapy. Certifications show that an LPN or LVN has an advanced level of knowledge about a specific subject.

In addition, employers may prefer to hire candidates who are trained to provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Important Qualities

Compassion. Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses must be empathetic and caring toward the people they serve.

Detail oriented. LPNs and LVNs need to be responsible and detail oriented, because they must make sure that patients get the correct care at the right time.

Interpersonal skills. Interacting with patients and other healthcare providers is a big part of their jobs, so LPNs and LVNs need good interpersonal skills.

Patience. Dealing with sick and injured people may be stressful. LPNs and LVNs should be patient, so they can cope with any stress that stems from providing care to these patients.

Physical stamina. LPNs and LVNs should be comfortable performing physical tasks, such as bending over patients for a long time.

Speaking skills. It is important that LPNs and LVNs be able to communicate effectively. For example, they may need to relay information about a patient’s current condition to a registered nurse.

Advancement

With experience, licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses may advance to supervisory positions. Some LPNs and LVNs advance to other healthcare occupations. For example, an LPN may complete a LPN to RN education program to become a registered nurse.

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Top Skills for A Hygienist

OralHygieneInstructionNon-SurgicalPeriodontalTherapyFluorideTreatmentsRoutineProphylaxisTreatmentPlanningLocalAnesthesiaEducatePatientsMedicalHistoryReviewDentrixOralHealthDigitalRadiographsOralCancerScreeningsDentalClinicDentistryDigitalX-RaysDentalCarePatientCareInfectionControlPoliciesPatientAssessmentDentalHygiene/PeriodontalTreatment

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Top Hygienist Skills

  1. Oral Hygiene Instruction
  2. Non-Surgical Periodontal Therapy
  3. Fluoride Treatments
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provided patient and parent instructional information and oral hygiene instruction.
  • Skilled in the use and delivery of local anesthetics for non-surgical periodontal therapy/ scaling and root planning.
  • Doctor during procedures Treatment Planning Patient Scheduling
  • Administer local anesthesia, scheduling appointments, paperless filing.
  • Conduct nutritional and personal hygiene counseling as well as educate patients on preventative care to ensure health and wellness.

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