There's a difference between a highly valued dental assistant in a office and one who bounces from practice to practice. By making these habits your own, you will raise your value at work and be well-versed outside the office as well. The American Dental Assistants Association gives 7 habits that effective dental assistants should practice.
1) Be proactive: This means taking responsibility for everything you do, at home and at work. Be confident in the choices you make and don't blame others for your choices or mistakes. Own everything you do.
2) Being with the end in mind: Have a vision for your career goals, why you are in the field you are in, what you want to accomplish, etc. You want to be the one to shape your own career path, not letting others do it for you.
3) Put first things first: Have the ability to say no because having a balanced life is very important. Decide what your time is most valuably spent on and stick to that.
4) Think win-win: Look for agreements and solutions rather than trying to win all the time. After all, the dentistry field is a team environment, therefore compromises and agreements must be made.
5) Seek first to understand, then to be understood: Communicating effectively with everyone in a practice, the doctor, patients, and co-workers, is essential. You must be willing to put the needs of others ahead of our own.
6) Synergize: cooperate with others to remedy something. Be open to others' suggestions and solutions. Be open to different things and to change.
7) Sharpen the saw: We work more effectively when we are fresh and sharp. This means knowing how to treat ourselves to be at our best, whether it be physically, socially, spiritually, or a combination of these.