Dear fellow hygienists,
Spring has sprung, and there’s work to do. The Nevada Dental Hygienists’ Association’s board of trustees and council members have been hard at work creating a welcoming community for all Nevada dental hygienists, safeguarding our interests, and investing in our shared future. It is no secret, though, we need your help. I don’t necessarily mean we need you to become an officer, or spend countless hours of your free time in the political arena. You don’t even have to attend a single event all year! We need your support, though; we need your membership to help us do all the things we do for the dental hygiene profession. Here are a few of the things your association has been doing for you, and will be doing for you:
This is a legislative year and the Nevada Dental Hygienists’ Association will be representing the interests of the dental hygiene profession in Carson City. NDHA will host a breakfast in early April for Nevada’s legislators, at which time dental hygienists will have the opportunity to inform the legislators about the importance of improving the oral health of Nevadans. The focus in Carson City will be to inform our legislators about the full scope of dental hygiene practice, and how hygienists practicing to the full extent of their education and licensure will improve and enhance access to oral health care for Nevada’s neediest residents. Improved access to care will not only improve the overall health of the residents of our state, but create more dental hygiene jobs within our state, and that is a win for everyone!
NDHA’s officers met recently with the Nevada State Board of Dental Examiners’ Committee on Dental Hygiene to discuss ways to clarify the Nevada Administrative Code, and advance the practice of dental hygiene. The meeting was collaborative and productive, and we hope our meeting will result in changes that will improve the efficiency of dental offices all over the state, and at the same time maintain the safest possible practice of dental hygiene.
NDHA is also the hygienist’s greatest resource for high quality, pertinent, board approved continuing education. On April 10th NDHA will be offering Heather Rogers’ fantastic “Infection Control Guidelines for the Dental Professional” course. No one makes the required 4-hour course about infection control more fun, or more tailored tothe requirements of the Nevada State Board of Dental Examiners.
Then, on April 11th NDHA will offer a full day of continuing education with the nationally renowned speaker, Betsy Reynolds, RDH, MS. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to hear Betsy’s courses, “Nutrition News” and “Mugs and Drugs,” as she discusses the latest information in the world of nutrition, and contemporary cultural trends that affect the needs of our patients. If you are looking for entertaining, high quality, pertinent continuing education, no one beats Betsy Reynolds. NDHA is committed to providing the highest quality continuing education, so we can maintain the highest standard of care for our patients.
In June, the Nevada delegation to the American Dental Hygienists’ Association’s Annual Session will travel to Nashville, Tennessee. Our delegation will represent Nevada at the national House of Delegates where hygienists convene from all over the United States to plan our profession’s path for the future, and to make sure our profession is ready to meet the needs of our country’s health care system. It is the biggest gathering of hygienists in the United States, and it is an awesome sight to see so many hygienists filled with passion about our profession.
In August, in conjunction with our summer Board of Trustees meeting, the officers of NDHA will hold a strategic planning session. We bring together all the experiences we have had during the previous year to decide where it is our members want us to go in the next year. We analyze budgets, plan continuing education events, and we organize a political plan of action for the practice of dental hygiene in Nevada, in preparation for our own state’s House of Delegates meeting in October.
And finally, from October 15th to the 18th, we will go to Squaw Valley, California, for our annual House of Delegates meeting. We are planning something different than we have done in the past, more of a retreat than a stuffy old meeting. Besides the business meeting, we will incorporate social events, fantastic continuing education courses, and opportunities to develop leadership skills, if that is something of interest to you. We hope all hygienists in the state will consider joining us for this exciting weekend full of events tailored specifically to meet the needs of dental hygienists in Nevada.
Your association never stops working for you, never. You have an amazing, tireless cadre of passionate hygienists as officers of the Nevada Dental Hygienists’ Association. Each and every one of them is at your service to protect and advance the practice of dental hygiene in Nevada. If you are not currently a member of the Nevada Dental Hygienists’ Association, please consider joining us to help us keep our profession growing and improving. We support and need each and every one of you.
Annette Lincicome, BS, RDH