Kathleen's Blog - May 12, 2020
May 12, 2020 at 4:00 AM
by rdhu

What a response we had to our Crest & Oral B rdhu RDH CE Relief Program!

Our plan was to run registration from May 4 - June 1 with the limit of accepting 1000 participants.

Well, following our Webinar on May 4th and the Big Announcement email, we surged well past that number (and we are so excited to have so many of you on with us!)

So many people registered so quickly, we chose to accept those registrants but now must stop further registration.

But for those that didn’t get in during this time, please don't worry, we are looking into a possibility of Relief 2.0.

We don't want to disappoint anyone, but the live courses can only handle 1000 people at a time and are looking for ways to accommodate the extra participants.

If you were/are interested, leave this with us and we can see if we can open it up to more people.

If you would like to go on the waitlist, so that we understand how many more would like to take part of the Relief Program, you will find the link below.

To those who are registered, thank you. We are so grateful and so pleased that we are able to offer such an initiative.

We like all of you being in our world :)

We acknowledge you for continuing to learn during these unprecedented times.

We encourage you to join in when you can. Stay connected to your profession as much as possible, as we are all in this together.

We feel scared at times and uncertain what our new normal will look like.

But know this... we will get through it.

It will work out.

You need to keep a positive mindset and ride this wave.

You will come out in the new norm and you will get use to it.

Looking back in 5 years time we will wonder how we every practiced pre-COVID days.

Our dental world will change and I truly believe that now is the time that the public will value their oral health. They will no longer see dental hygiene as just getting their teeth cleaned but rather as a much needed medical appointment.

Now is the time to continue educating your clients/patients and the public about a much needed essential service.

If you missed my webinar on 'COVID-19 Strategies on Nourishing Relationships', I have been asked to present this with the Women in Dentistry.

That invitation will be sent out shortly to join in.

Many who have already joined me on this webinar have written me or called me to let me know how excited they were to learn such strategies and just hope that their office will listen and participate.

Sometimes it's just easier and better to have the DDS or owner of your clinic join in and listen/learn for themselves.

I remember when I had one of my Breakthrough Blueprints programs at rdhu and an office from up north came down to join in.

Our member compelled their team to attend.

Because of the distance, they stayed overnight in a hotel.

The DDS reluctantly came but half way through the presentation she was messaging everyone on how amazing some of the strategies were and how excited she was to get back and start to implement!

We all need to do these things together.

We need to work together on strategies to staying connected with our teams and with our clients/patients. Now is not the time to disappear from our clients and not have them hear from us.

We are essential. You are essential. What we do is essential. It is times like these that allow us to reflect on ourselves, who we are, what we do and why we do it.

Remember your why. Remember why you got into dental hygiene. Remember why you joined the practice you are in. Remember your patients/clients that you have encouraged and helped make them get healthy.

They need you now. They need to be reminded to keep up with their oral health for their overall health and prevention of disease.

Thank you for reading. Please find info below for what is coming up and have a great week ahead!

Thank you for being a part of rdhu!

Kindest regards,

Kathleen

Kathleen's Blog - May 5, 2020
May 5, 2020 at 4:00 AM
by rdhu

What exciting news we shared yesterday to those of you who joined us for The RDH View!

We announced the Crest & Oral B, rdhu RDH CE Relief Program! Dont' worry, we are going to share more information with you tomorrow!

This is our way of saying thank you and to let you know that we are all in this together.

By staying connected and engaged, it helps our mindset from being one of scarcity to being one of possibilities and growth.

Sure, these times have been scary. Especially for those front-line workers and people who have been infected and affected by this disease. But for many of us, this has also been a time of reflection and an opportunity to make some positive changes in our lives.

When have you ever been given the chance to just stay home and be with your loved ones, take time for yourself, with no pressure to have to go anywhere or do anything? (Sorry moms and dads of young school-aged children! I know it hasn't been easy home-schooling!)

I have enjoyed my family time, which is coming to an end this week. All 3 of my kids are starting jobs that they need to get to up north to this week, up at our cottage. For my husband and myself, we will be staying put here in Burlington, ON, as we know that it is frowned upon at this time for people to go up to their cottages, as it creates a burden on the small communities.

I will miss my kids but I am so thankful that I had this time with them. This has been a gift in some respect.

One of the things that Uche reminded me about yesterday is to do a daily check-in at the end of the day to remind ourselves what we are thankful for. Show gratitude at the end of the day for all the things we are grateful for.

So, I opened my journal last night and reflected on my day. And what an amazing day it was...

So grateful for the team I get to work and present with, who are my friends.

So grateful for all our members who make our every day bright and make us want to do more and be more.

So grateful to be in a profession that has such an impact on the quality of people's lives.

Pen to paper. Feels good.

Please find info below for what is coming up!

Enjoy the rest of your week and we look forward to you joining us LIVE on-line!

Thank you for being a part of rdhu!

Kindest regards,

Kathleen

Kathleen's Blog - April 28, 2020
April 28, 2020 at 4:00 AM
by rdhu

I hope you are keeping well and busy!

There has been a lot of activity here at rdhu and it's exciting to see so many of you engaged with our profession and participating in the activities!

We love hearing from you, so please keep the engagement and connection going!

There are a few things that I wanted to mention:

1. Last Monday, April 20th, I did a FREE webinar on 'COVID-19 Strategies ~ How to Nourish Your Relationships'. If you attended you should have received the follow-up email with all of the extra resources available. I will be doing this again next Friday, May 8th at 3pm EST. We have approximately 300 people on the waiting list for those who couldn't get on last week, you will receive an email shortly with log in info.

If you are interested in joining us please click here. This is definitely a team event, so please feel free to forward this to other members of your team. I will also give you the Power Point that you can use with your clients and patients after the webinar and share a strategy that you can implement in your practice.

2. With only a couple of days left in April, I want to make sure that you have taken advantage of the Free Crest Toothpaste samples and have placed your order!

We are able to receive one order per month, so make sure you do this now, before the end of the month and then again in May and then June.

This is the first time that we are able to get samples delivered to our homes!

Remember, this is a great way for you to prepare little gift packs for your patients/clients and also a great way for you to try the products and do your own Action Research Project with your families!

You can tie this in with the COMPASS program as well (which is a free CE program). Click here to order your samples and Compass 3rd Edition. Compass was sold out for one day so if you tried, it is now available.

Please note, you will need to change your address to your home address. Do not put 2 addresses in or they will not send it.

3. Bisco is holding their last of the 4-part Instrumentation series this week. Please find information below. This is a free series that they are offering. The last 3 webinars will be found at the link below as well.

Enjoy the rest of your week and we look forward to you joining us LIVE on-line!

Thank you for being a part of rdhu!

Kindest regards,

Kathleen

Kathleen's Blog - April 21, 2020
April 21, 2020 at 4:00 AM
by rdhu

Wow! When I look at this On-Track-Tuesday email and all of the events that are coming up, I have to say that I am super proud of our team and presenters.

We pivoted and re-invented to suit the times that we are in! We learned new technology. We stepped out of our comfort zones. We changed our live events to live streaming and have received really great response from those who have attended.

So, thank you so much to all. This is really what we all have to do.

We have to look at where we are at, think outside the tray, and think about things we can do NOW amidst the COVID-19, to ensure our patients and clients are taken care of and that they will return to us when this is behind us.

Yesterday, we had 600 people on our webinar ‘COVID-19 Strategies’ where we shared some ideas on nourishing relationships with our teams and with our clients and patients. We had people on a waiting list so we will hold another one.

Please stay tuned for the next date.

What really excited me was all of the positive emails we received following that webinar. It ignited many to think outside the box and to take action! Many started right away! Planning meetings with their teams to discuss what it could look like. What we like to call Thinking Outside of the Tray! That’s what we have to do right now. We have to look at what we can do to be ready for our new normal.

We can’t think “How are we going to get through this?” but rather “What do we have to change to get through this?” “How can I contribute in a new way?”

For those who were on the webinar with us, I have prepared the follow-up email today and will send it out tomorrow!

We look forward to sharing this webinar again. It is something that I am super excited about!

Please find below things that are coming up! I encourage you to Think Outside the Tray. Do something that may make you a little uncomfortable and join us on one of our Live-Streaming events. We promise not to disappoint!

When this is all behind us and we look back at this time, let's be proud of what we did and who we became.

Please stay safe and have a great week ahead!

Kindest regards,

Kathleen

Kathleen's Blog - April 14, 2020
April 14, 2020 at 4:00 AM
by rdhu

I hope you had an enjoyable long weekend of celebration! I know it will be an Easter/Passover holiday that we will never forget!

I know many of us feel like most days just blend into the next. It has been 6 weeks today since I have been home in isolation and honestly, if it wasn't for my weekday routine, I would still feel this way.

All of us here at rdhu make a point to make sure that our Saturdays and Sundays are different from our Monday to Friday. Monday to Friday I have my morning routine of taking a brisk walk around my neighbourhood, followed by a 20 min work-out, journal, etc. and then ready to start work by 9:30am. Saturday and Sunday's I take it easy and read and hang with my family during the day. I have also picked up playing the piano again (It's been over 30 years!).

For many of you, your routine has been totally thrown off and I am sure by now you have set in to your own schedule as well.

I want to encourage you that even though you may not be working, you can still do things for your practice during the weekdays. This is your opportunity to stand out from the crowd! What is your life going to look like when everyone is heading back to work? What can you do to help grow your practice, and nourish your relationship with your clients to ensure that they are going to be coming back to you when it's time? What can you do to shine to your employer? Out of sight out of mind, isn't going to be good for post-C-19 days.

Now is also the time to grow as a professional. Take this opportunity to take as much CE as you can and grow your mind, so that you can maintain an abundance mindset and grow your practice. It will give you hope and purpose as well.

On Monday, April 20th at 2pm, I am going to hold a Free live webinar that you are welcome to join.

I encourage you to share this with your DDS and Office Managers, etc. If you are Independent, I encourage to invite your team! Please share this link and register: www.rdhu.ca/covidplan

We have a lot of exciting events and courses coming up! We have also received some really great 'testimonials' from some of our members who have participated in the online live streaming courses and share them below.

We are bringing rdhu to your living room in as many ways as possible. And remember, the rdhu experience isn't just about that one particular course. We layer it with an Activity Page and lots of extra resources!

Please stay safe and have a great week ahead!

Kindest regards,

Kathleen

Kathleen's Blog - April 8, 2020
April 8, 2020 at 4:00 AM
by rdhu

I had quite a day yesterday...hence, On-Track-Tuesday is being delivered on Wednesday!

Last week Wednesday, my computer crashed and yesterday I found out that they couldn't retrieve my files. The technical issues continued...

Bad timing, right?

Anyhow, today is a new day. Got up...dusted myself off and here we are! Another beautiful sunny day.

Boy, we are all living on a roller coaster of emotions these days but I think over all for me, I have been able to sustain a positive mindset. I hope you have been too!

One of the things that has really worked for me is diving into my work, connecting with my team and strategizing on ways to look forward to the future.

I know many of you are diving into your Continuing Education Online and I think that is a great idea! What better way to keep your mind growing and learning new things versus being stuck in a place based on fear and uncertainty.

We have been really trying to do our best here at rdhu to give back to our community. We know that we are all in different situations at this time....

  • some of you are being audited this year
  • some of you aren't being audited this year but would like to keep up with CE
  • some of you are working for an office that is encouraging and supporting you to continue with your CE and organizing some team CE
  • some of you are taking advantage of the time off to catch up on CE
  • some of you are experiencing financial stress

...just to name a few situations!

We are here for you and we want to support you as best as possible. Please, if there is anything in particular that you need, reach out and we can create a package that can help you.

I am currently working on a campaign for dental offices/dental hygiene offices to stay connected with your patients and your clients. Please click on here to see the video and register at www.rdhu.ca/covidplan if you would like more information that will be delivered shortly.

Below you will find a variety of ways that we can help you by offering some FREE events, and resources. We will be creating 'complete bundles' for your learning portfolios to full-day events that have been transformed from being held at rdhu to now being held online!

We are bringing rdhu to your living room. So whatever works below, for your situation, we hope to help out as best as possible.

Please stay safe! My heart is with you and your families.

Kindest regards,

Kathleen

Kathleen's Blog - March 31, 2020
March 31, 2020 at 4:00 AM
by rdhu

We hope all is well with you and your families.

What an unprecedented time we are all facing.

It’s tough to stay positive when so much negativity is going on in the world. But we must have faith in ourselves and in our profession.

We have to know that this too shall pass.

But things will never be the same and that’s for sure.

As they say, the only constant is change.

Do you remember how we practiced back in the early 80’s? (I was dental assisting in those days).

Well if you don’t remember, it was before HIV/AIDS.

Masks and gloves were rarely worn and we didn’t have any of the infection control practices we follow today.

We had to change and adjust to changing needs.

And it all seemed so foreign and so overwhelming.

But now if we look back to those days, we would cringe to think of how we used to practice.

The same will be for us in the future when we look back to pre C-19 days.

We will get used to our new reality. It will become our new norm and the way we used to do things will seem so antiquated.

We will adapt. We will make the changes and life will go on.

What we need to focus on now (besides our families of course) is ensuring that you take time for yourself and how you can stay connected as a professional.

Our livelihood ended abruptly. Our work is a big part of who we are, and what we do! But business doesn’t have to end.

It takes time to adapt. So forgive yourself for the up and down moods that you are currently experiencing.

For me, I have been pretty much self-isolated for the last 6 months, in a way!

When I broke my leg and ankle over the Thanksgiving Weekend, I was bed-bound for 3 months and was still homebound for 1+ month after that.

I was getting excited to go back to our beautiful rdhu office after the 'Pacific Dental Conference' in early March and then boom! I was only at the office for one hour, fell ill and had to head home.

So, I totally understand how tough this is for everyone. But I always have the faith that this too shall pass and look for the positive in every situation.

Stay busy with your learning. Keep growing as a professional. Stay connected with your team and know that this is the time to ‘Nurture your Relationships’ with your clients/patients.

Staying busy, connected and learning will help shift your mindset and keep you focusing on other things.

Just because we aren’t physically able to be with our clients doesn’t mean that all business has to end. We need to nurture these relationships to make sure that they are still there and wanting to come back to see us once we are all back in our practices.

Let that sit for a bit and I look forward to sharing some ideas on how you can nurture those relationships :)

Please see below for some events that are coming up.

Please stay safe. My heart is with you and your families.

Kindest regards,

Kathleen

Kathleen's Blog - March 24, 2020
March 24, 2020 at 4:00 AM
by rdhu

I hope this email finds you well and that you are managing in these unprecedented times.

We know many of our members are keeping busy doing fun family games, taking hikes and keeping busy with online CE. The sun is shining as I am typing this morning, the birds are chirping outside my window and I know today is going to be a great day. I look forward to Day 2 of our Online Quality Assurance Workshop and also to connecting with our rdhu team via Zoom.

I also got my mom, who's 85, on Zoom and now, along with my 3 other sisters, we are doing nightly dance parties after dinner. We chat for a few minutes and then play a song we pre-select and dance. Its definitely helping us feel more connected and less isolated during this quarantine!

I am wondering if any of you have considered what was in last week's On-Track-Tuesday?

Did you reach out to your team to suggest getting online together through Zoom every morning to do a ‘check-in’. Remember, it's not about texting or sending an email. It’s actually getting online to see each other…to ‘check-in’. How is everyone feeling? What is new with the family, new news? If you click here it will take you to Zoom where you can set up a free account and give it a try. Schedule a time every day and send an invite to your team.

Have you started to think about things you can do to prepare you to going back to practice? This is a great thing to do so that you don't feel disconnected right now from your practice and for when you return.

Connecting with your team now and putting some plans in place for your return will create momentum, help keep your mind positive and active, and give hope for the future.

We have a busy week planned here at rdhu.

Last week we held a LIVE online webinar with Gina Bailey, from the ODHA. We have new information to share since then, so we will be holding another one with 'The RDH View' and Gina, this coming Thursday, March 26th at 2pm. We will also be discussing Quality Assurance and provide ideas and resources to help keep you current with your CQI Activities. Click here if you would like to join us!

Bisco is holding another FREE Instrumentation workshop tomorrow night. Please find info below.

Beth Parkes and myself are offering a 3 day 1-hour Live Online Quality Assurance Workshop so we can help those who would like to work on their QA Records. We held our first one yesterday and it went really great! We received such positive feedback, which we really appreciated and we love doing this! We are holding another one next week.

We have received many texts, emails, and Social Media messages from people working on their SMILE portal. Even from members who are submitting in 2023!

2020 matters to those whose numbers end in 5 and 7, 4 and 9 & 3 and 8.

5 and 7 will submit in January, 2021 (for the years 2018, 19 & 20)

4 and 9 will submit in January, 2022 (for the years 2019, 20 & 21)

3 and 8 will submit in January, 2023 (for the years 2020, 21 & 22)

Let’s do what we can now during this time!

Please stay safe. My heart is with you and your families.

Kindest regards,

Kathleen

Kathleen's Blog - March 17, 2020
March 17, 2020 at 4:00 AM
by rdhu

How quickly things have changed since our last On-Track Tuesday!

In the midst of unpredictable and challenging times, there are certain aspects of our lives we can focus on. Family times and sustaining meaningful relationships…things that we often don’t always have enough time for in our busy lives. The balance between our personal and professional lives is always one that commands our ongoing attention.

I wanted to share a few things with you because when you self-isolate, it can feel very lonely and quite frankly, scary. We need to remain close to people. As humans, we are social beings and when we are put in ‘social distancing’ it can make us feel lonely and disconnected. We need to make an extra effort to stay connected during these times.

What we are doing with our rdhu team, and I hope it might be something for you to consider with your team, is we are getting online together through Zoom every morning to do a ‘check-in’. It’s not texting. It’s not an email. It’s actually getting online to see each other…to ‘check-in’. How is everyone feeling? What is new with the family, new news?

Would you consider doing this with your team? Something to think about. What can you do to feel connected and take advantage of these times during our ‘home isolation days’ that will help your practice?

Perhaps now is the time to review your current practice guidelines and protocols to ensure you are current and in compliance. When you return to practice, you can be empowered to institute any changes that you feel are required.

Perhaps you don’t have a Sleep Apnea Screening Protocol in place. Or a system for CAMBRA. Perhaps it is time to update your Oral Cancer Screening Protocol or your Periodontal Disease Management.

Looking ahead to when you are back in the office and having something positive to focus on will help you get through these days. Even if you take an hour or two a day.

So many of us are glued to our phones, Social Media and the News. You need to take time for something positive to help keep you driving forward.

That, plus take at least one or two walks a day. Keep up with your fitness and feed your body with the right fuel. We can help you feed your mind with some good learning and connection.

1. We will be offering a LIVE online series that we will share with you via email shortly:

Cambra, Sleep Apnea Screening Protocol, Periodontal Disease Management and Oral Cancer Screening…

2. This email is going out to our Ontario RDH’s, we are going to go LIVE tomorrow with Gina Bailey from the ODHA to discuss Employment Issues in light of the COVID-19. If you have any questions, please email info@rdhu.ca and we hope to be able to address them as best as possible. We are going LIVE at 2pm and will send an email out tomorrow morning (Wednesday, March 18) with the link regarding this.

3. Beth Parkes and myself will be offering a 3 day 1-hour Live Online Quality Assurance Workshop so we can help those who would like to work on their QA Records. We have received many texts, emails, and Social Media messages from people working on their SMILE portal. Even from members who are submitting in 2023! Please find info below to register.

2020 matters to those whose numbers end in 5 and 7, 4 and 9 & 3 and 8.

Let’s do what we can now during this time.

Please stay safe. My heart is with you and your families.

Kindest regards,

Kathleen

Kathleen's Blog - March 10, 2020
March 10, 2020 at 4:00 AM
by rdhu

Imagine if you were asked to present in front of potentially 300 people.

Not next week or next month, but tomorrow!

Zero warning.

Very little time to plan your words and prepare.

Would you do it?

Well, Beth Parkes, our Educational Director, did!

We are so proud of Beth, who was asked at the last minute to fill in for a speaker at the Pacific Dental Conference in Vancouver, who had to cancel. Beth had every opportunity to say no, but she didn’t. She stepped out of her comfort zone (one of which includes planning and being prepared) and said “yes”!

Speaking at the Pacific Dental Conference is a big deal for a presenter. I know for me it was on my ‘bucket list’ and I am thrilled to have presented four times there last week. It is one of the biggest conferences in Canada, is highly regarded by our profession and typically you have to have been ‘scouted’ to be asked to present there.

So, Beth saying yes was amazing! It was stressful no doubt, the night before as well as the morning of. Having Mellissa with us was so helpful as well as Mellissa was able to help with all the last-minute technical issues, organizing, handouts etc.

It reminds me of how many times we can potentially lose great opportunities by not stepping out of our comfort zone.

Do you step out of your comfort zone? In our comfort zone, there is a sense of familiarity, security and certainty. When we step outside of our comfort zone, we're taking a risk, and opening ourselves up to the possibility of stress and anxiety; we're not quite sure what will happen and how we'll react.

But more times than not, once you take on something that isn’t quite your norm, and you aren’t sure of the outcome, it offers you the opportunity for growth and for change!

Keep an open mind when an opportunity comes your way….you never know where it might take you and what doors you may open…

Thank you for reading and for your support. Please find more information below on what is coming up at rdhu and on-the-road. We have lots of exciting things coming up!

Wishing you a wonderful week ahead!

Kindest regards,

Kathleen

Kathleen's Blog - February 25, 2020
February 25, 2020 at 5:00 AM
by rdhu

I am here busy preparing my presentations for the Pacific Dental Conference that is next week in Vancouver! The two lectures I am presenting on the Thursday I have presented in the past, but yet it is still taking me hours...no days to update and prepare! It reminded me to share with you that if you have taken a course at rdhu in the past, it will never be the same course if you 're-take it'.

For instance, Anna Louise Tolan presented 'Essentials for Documentation' last weekend and we had some participants who have taken it in the past and commented:

"I have taken this course in the past and can't believe the new material that was added! A course worth taking." "I feel prepared to add the New AAP Documentation and understand what is required of me."

All of our presenters spend hours and hours creating and updating programs to ensure that you receive the most current evidence-based research. We love doing it and know how much you appreciate it. So thank you!

If you are going to the PDC next week, please let us know! We would love to see you there.

Thank you for reading and for your support. Please find more information below on what is coming up at rdhu and on-the-road. We have lots of exciting things coming up!

Wishing you a wonderful week ahead!

Kindest regards,

Kathleen

Kathleen's Blog - February 4, 2020
February 4, 2020 at 5:00 AM
by rdhu

Thank you to all of you who joined us for the Quality Assurance Weekend Workshop! We had a great group and everyone seems to be on the right path for 2020!

One of the things that came out of this weekend was how much everyone realized we all need a coach! In this case, a Quality Assurance Coach. We can do things so much better when we have that person linked arm-and-arm with us and say, we totally got this!

Coaches help you reach your full potential by helping you to stay focused on what's important. They make you accountable for your actions and save you so much time and unnecessary stress. A good coach increases your self-confidence (I can't tell you the number of people who go through an entire transformation by the time we are done a coaching session! They start out stressed about their portfolio and end up excited about all the things they can add to their profile). And a good coach can help you spot your blind spots, which can lead to greater self-understanding and awareness.

Even coaches need coaches! I have different types of coaches in my corner. I have my marketing/business coach; my presentation/professional coach; my daily habits/routine coach, just to name a few! Life can be complicated. We can get stuck. Having someone who has YOU in their best interest is a great way to succeed!

For this weekend coming up, if you are free on Friday, Linda McLarty, from Germiphene will be presenting on the most updated IPAC Guidelines in the morning and I will be presenting on Quality Assurance in the afternoon. I would love to see you!

Thank you for reading and for your support. Please find more information below on what is coming up at rdhu and on-the-road. We have lots of exciting things coming up!

Wishing you a wonderful week ahead!

Kindest regards,

Kathleen

Kathleen's Blog - January 28, 2020
January 28, 2020 at 5:00 AM
by rdhu

The end of the month is fast approaching! This is a friendly reminder to make sure you have completed your Self-Assessment. We all need to complete the Self-Assessment, even in our Audit year; otherwise, you will be set for next year's audit selection!

We are almost finished reviewing the portfolios for our clients who are submitting this month! So proud of them and all the hard work they have put into their SMILE Portal!

I am presenting a Quality Assurance workshop this weekend! If your registration number ends in 5 or 7, you will be required to submit in January 2021! We strongly encourage you to start the process NOW. We often hear, "Oh I want to wait until I have more hours" or "I want to wait until I get it started"...my advice to you is this....The time is NOW! Similar to someone wanting to get in shape before they hire a personal trainer or someone who wants to clean their house before the cleaning lady arrives! :) Join me this weekend and be set for a great year ahead! I'm excited!

Wishing you a wonderful week ahead!

Thank you for reading and for your support. Please find more information below on what is coming up at rdhu and on-the-road. We have lots of exciting things coming up!

Kindest regards,

Kathleen

Kathleen's Blog - January 21, 2020
January 21, 2020 at 5:00 AM
by rdhu

Thank you to all of you who were able to join in for our show The RDH View on Saturday! We discussed 'The New Classifications for Periodontal and Peri-implant Diseases and Conditions'. It was a great day and was well received! We've had 2600 people participate on it so far! It is a hot new topic and we share lots of valuable information that you need to know. So if you haven't watched it, you may want to.

We have received tons of emails asking questions about it (ie Is it still available? How do I get the certificate? Will it still be free?). It is still available on rdhu's and an edited version will be uploaded onto the this week. Once it is ready, a detailed email will be sent to everyone. We will also include extra resources and a short quiz to receive a certificate and the best part....yes, it is FREE!

It's so great to do something that you love and when you get to work with people who are simply amazing...Anna Louise Tolan, Kerry Lepicek and Beth Parkes (all The RDH View fellow cast members), I feel truly blessed and so thankful.

We look forward to our next show, which will be held on Friday, April 3 in the evening. Timing to be determined...please stay tuned!

For those of you who do not have Facebook, we can stream it LIVE through YouTube, but we need everyone to go onto our Channel and subscribe. Can you help us and subscribe to our YouTube Channel? We need 1000 subscribers in order to do a LIVE event. We need your help!

Wishing you a wonderful week ahead!

Thank you for reading and for your support. Please find more information below on what is coming up at rdhu and on-the-road. We have lots of exciting things coming up!

Kindest regards,

Kathleen

Kathleen's Blog - January 14, 2020
January 14, 2020 at 5:00 AM
by rdhu

I was speaking with one of my coaching clients last week.

When we first got on the phone together her voice was tight and stressed. But by the time we hung up, she sounded like a different person altogether! By the end of the call she was relaxed, we were laughing and she had a plan.

What was her main stress?

Making change happen in the practice. She felt like she didn’t have a voice and couldn’t get things done. New initiatives were started in the practice and then would gradually die off and wouldn’t sustain.

She was frustrated because she wanted to do a good job and make things better, but she just couldn’t get any momentum going in her office.

This client’s situation isn’t unique. I hear this a lot. There are many of us (dental hygienists) out there working ‘for’ (I like to say ‘with’) an employer, in a busy office where we feel we don’t have a voice and can’t participate in what we hope to strive for, which is the success of the practice. Where we feel the implementation process doesn’t quite get implemented and maintained (#4 of our Learning Portfolio).

After much probing (pardon the pun) and prodding, I think her main frustration here was that she wasn’t sharing her voice and that there was no set plan. There was no one leading the program that they wished to implement. There was no tracking and therefore no follow-up to help keep that program sustained.

My advice to her (and I present this in some of my programs when discussing making change happen) was to go in with a plan, with confidence, a positive attitude and a smile. Attitude and a positive approach would work much better than going in with a complaint and no recommendation of a strategy to fix or change it.

It is always a good idea to have things written down when approaching the DDS or supervisor of the office and show the pros and cons. Show where you are at today, what you would like to implement and why (perhaps having the Guidelines highlighted, or if you have some documentation that shows the evidence-based research, depending on what it is, etc.). Then have a plan written down, with a Leaders Name for the project attached to it, a strategy plan and a calendar/activity tracker to post in your lunch room to record and track your progress. If it isn’t written down, most likely it’s not going to happen. If it is out-of-sight…it is out-of-mind! Set up a meeting date for follow-up to evaluate the situation and make changes as required….sounds like ADPIE to me!

I have attached the rdhu Transformation Worksheet below if you would like to use this as a template to track some changes in your practice.

Now I know that some may be working in a place that just doesn’t suit them and that this strategy isn't going to work for everyone. If you're not happy, keep your feelers out and look for another practice. Don’t settle…don’t conform. Life is too short to be practicing in a place that doesn’t make you feel good. And if you don’t start looking right away, one year turns into the next and before you know it, all this time will have passed and you will be in the same position that you are in now.

Just my thoughts on this topic…

Wishing you a wonderful week ahead!

Thank you for reading and for your support. Please find more information below on what is coming up at rdhu and on-the-road. We have lots of exciting things coming up!

Kindest regards,

Kathleen

Kathleen's Blog - January 8, 2020
January 8, 2020 at 5:00 AM
by rdhu

Happy New Year from us to you! We hope you had a great holiday and are all ready to jump into the next decade with a little spring in your step!

It’s always an exciting time when we can have a fresh start and re-assess our life, both personally and professionally, and plan for this year.

If you are feeling a little ‘stuck’ with what to plan for your Professional Portfolio, we have a great line up of courses and topics to share with you. We can also help guide you to other resources. Please feel free to fill out the Audit Compliance Questionnaire and set up a 15-min call with me so that we can help you have a successful, well-organized year from the get-go! The questionnaire is found below!

I have to say we are super busy helping those who are submitting this month. The nice difference between this January versus last January, is that most of our Coaching Clients signed up with us early in the year. They didn’t leave it until they “felt ready” or until the end of the year. So, I would like to encourage those of you who has a CDHO registration number ending in a 5 or 7, to reach out to us ASAP, so that we can help you have a stress-free year. If you are not submitting next January, we can help you too! :)

Wishing you a wonderful week ahead!

Thank you for reading and for your support. Please find more information below on what is coming up at rdhu and on-the-road.

Kindest regards,

Kathleen