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Here's to your health ... and dental assistants recognition week.



Early this fall, a study of Pennsylvania hospitals revealed a very interesting fact: surgery patient's death rates were nearly twice as high when the percentage of nurses with bachelor's degrees was low, U of Pa. researchers said.

Low levels of education coupled with low nurse staffing levels could translate to thousands of preventable deaths nationwide each year, the researchers concluded. "Better educated nurses tend to be more proficient pro·fi·cient  
adj.
Having or marked by an advanced degree of competence, as in an art, vocation, profession, or branch of learning.

n.
An expert; an adept.
 in critical thinking," said the lead author Linda Aiken, a U of Pa. nursing and sociology professor.

Well, I guess the jury is in and we can conclude that educated healthcare personnel can positively affect the health of their patients. Wouldn't you say this is probably true for dental care as well?

The ADAA ADAA Anxiety Disorders Association of America
ADAA American Dental Assistants Association
ADAA Art Dealers Association of America (since 1962; New York City, NY, USA)
ADAA Aberdeen and District Angling Association
 has always put education first in its mission to serve the profession and the dental health public. We have always maintained that dental assistants dental assistant
n.
A person trained to assist a dentist with clinical and administrative procedures.
 need to be educated and licensed and registered, and that these steps would be in the public's best interest. We think that the study in Pennsylvania bears this out. Everyone knows the old saying "knowledge is power" and apparently knowledge is also powerfully related to the healing Healing
See also Medicine.

Achilles’ spear

had power to heal whatever wound it made. [Gk. Lit.: Iliad]

Agamede

Augeas’ daughter; noted for skill in using herbs for healing. [Gk. Myth.
 arts and saving life.

While the Pennsylvania study dwelt dwelt  
v.
A past tense and a past participle of dwell.
 on bachelor's degrees, the ADAA has never been adamant on a specific degree program, only on experience and education to achieve a licensed professional level that would assure the dental patient of a knowledgeable person assisting the dentist dentist /den·tist/ (den´tist) a person with a degree in dentistry and authorized to practice dentistry.

den·tist
n.
A person who is trained and licensed to practice dentistry.
. How nice to have our philosophy supported by a study that knows that education equals excellence when it comes to patient care.

So as we approach yet another Dental Assistants Recognition Week, we need to keep up the efforts to be recognized and be appreciated.

* Recognized in the dental office where assistants must be considered professionals and not "the girls."

* Recognized in the payroll, where salaries are competitive and benefits are realistic.

* Recognized in the state legislature A state legislature may refer to a legislative branch or body of a political subdivision in a federal system.

The following legislatures exist in the following political subdivisions:
 where licensing laws are considered and enacted.

* Recognized in the healthcare community as fellow professionals.

As in nursing where a shortage prevails, we must recognize that dental assistants are in demand everywhere. Please recognize your value to the practice and to the arena of public health. In many states, expanded functions are being approved for dental assistants, recognizing the shortage of dentists Dentists can refer to one of the following:
  • Practitioners of dentistry
  • The Dentists, a British band active in the 1980s and 1990s
 and the fact that assistants will be doing more in the future. The future is yours to enjoy if you earn its respect through education and you demand the recognition that an educated professional deserves.

Dental Assistants Recognition Week provides an excellent opportunity to start asking for that recognition and realizing that you deserve it. The newly adopted theme is "Delivering Excellence Throughout the World." Isn't it time you got the recognition you deserve in your own corner of the world?

GET a Kit--GET GOING!

Each year we encourage everyone in dental assisting to create and participate in activities that call attention to the profession during Dental Assistants Recognition Week.

March 7-13, 2004

All ADAA state and local presidents will receive a kit of DARW materials during January, and anyone may request a kit by writing to ADAA, Suite 1730, 35 E. Wacker Drive Wacker Drive is a major street in Chicago, Illinois, United States, running along the south side of the main branch and the east side of the south branch of the Chicago River. , Chicago IL 60601 (or fax 312-541-1496 or e-mail adaa1@aol.com). No phone calls, please.

ACTIVITIES ENTRY FORM--ENTRY Application:

Contact Name-- Position--

Business Name--

Business Street Address--

City-- State-- Zip--

Business Phone (--).

Category (You must choose one):

* Dental Assistants Association

* Dental Assisting School

* Dental Office

* Other Organizations (i.e., Dental Associations, Military, etc.)

Please provide 100 words or less that describe the activities and success of your 2004 Dental Assistants Recognition Week observance. Where possible, include photos or samples of any materials used. Activities must have been implemented between the periods of March 1 and 23, 2004. All entries must be postmarked by April 5, 2004, and submitted to the office of this publication. All entries will be acknowledged by mail. Please do not submit information before the conclusion of DARW. We want to know how your activities went ... not just your plans.

If a certificate is awarded in recognition of this effort, to whom should the inscription inscription, writing on durable material. The art is called epigraphy. Modern inscriptions are made for permanent, monumental record, as on gravestones, cornerstones, and building fronts; they are often decorative and imitative of ancient (usually Roman) methods.  be made? A maximum of 15 words will be accommodated. (For example--The staff of Herbert L. Jones, DDS (1) (Digital Data Storage) See DAT.

(2) (Data Dictionary System) See QuickBuild and OpenDDS.

(3) (Dataphone Digital S
; or--The Dental Assisting Staff of Midtown mid·town  
n.
A central portion of a city, between uptown and downtown.


midtown
Noun

US & Canad the centre of a town
 Clinic, SC)

Return this application to the American Dental Assistants Association, 35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 1730, Chicago, IL 60601-2211. Note: Applications and any attendant ATTENDANT. One who owes a duty or service to another, or in some sort depends upon him. Termes de la Ley, h.t. As to attendant terms, see Powell on Morts. Index, tit. Attendant term; Park on Dower, c. 1 7.  materials will not be returned.
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