I recently read an article that talked about being proud of your profession and loving your work life and it got me thinking about the profession of Dental Assisting and how now, more than ever, the Dental Assistant is pertinent to enhancing the delivery of quality dental health care to our patients.
From the moment a patient walks into our dental offices until the time they leave, there is one constant thing throughout the visit: The Dental Assistant. The Dental Assistant is there with the patient when they check in, at chair-side during a procedure, and when they leave--other members of the team may come and go during a procedure, but the Dental Assistant provides continuity and is with the patient the entire time. It's rewarding to be that stabilizing resource to the patient—we should all be proud of our profession, education, and the credentials we hold!
With so many changes to dentistry across the country, the profession of Dental Assisting is no exception. This holds especially true in North Dakota. Our board is happy to share with you the passage of the Expanded Function Dental Auxillary (EFDA). The EFDA will be able to provide restorative treatment under the supervision of a licensed Dentist. This is a major advancement in the professionalization of our chosen career.
Although this has been passed through the Legislative Council, rules have not yet been finalized by the North Dakota State Board of Dental Examiners. Dental Assistants should continue to carry out procedures that are currently in the Dental Assistant's scope of practice until final rulemaking and educational requirements for the EFDA are completed. I invite you to visit our website www.nddaa.org for more information and the latest on educational requirements for the EFDA. And of course, if you have questions on any of this, please feel free to contact any one of your NDDAA board members—we are here for YOU!
This upcoming year will be filled with exciting changes and continued progress in Dental Assisting. I invite you to be a part of this. As always, the NDDAA follows the ADDA Mission Statement, "To advance the careers of dental assistants and to promote the dental assisting profession in the matters of education, legislation, credentialing and professional activities which enhance the delivery of quality dental health care to the public."
Finally, we want to express our gratitude for the many members, individuals, and citizens of North Dakota who have supported our efforts over this past legislative year! We could not have done this without your help and commitment to quality dental health.
I would be remiss if I were to end my final president's message without my personal acknowledgement and thanks to NDDAA members and board members that I have had the pleasure to know and work with. This association is driven by extraordinary people, as evidenced by the quality of work they consistently produce. It is your dedication and selfless service that keeps this well-oiled machine running. It's been an honor to serve among you and I'm thankful for all your support. I leave you in the capable hands of your President-elect, Marsha Krumm. Her passion and dedication to our profession has always been known to our members, but this legislative year enabled Marsha to demonstrate her leadership and vision for our profession. I am proud to be able to count her not only among the members of NDDAA and its leadership, but also as a friend. Thank you, Marsha, for your service, leadership, and dedication.
We very much value your continued support and participation with the association!
Tyler Winter, CDA, RDA, LDA
NDDAA State President
P.S. Don't forget to visit www.nddaa.org for career opportunities, member benefits, educational information and schedule of events for the upcoming Fall 2015 Annual Session in Fargo September 17th-19th!
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For those who do not know me I am the new 7th District Trustee. I have been in dentistry for approximately 24 years. I love dental assisting and can't imagine doing anything else other than being part of a dental clinic.
I have been working at A Lifetime of Smiles in Bismarck for over 19 years. My doctors of 16 years just recently retired and we have 2 new dentists.
I have been on the ND Dental Assistants Association board for 22 years serving as state representative and several terms as President-Elect, President and Immediate Past President.
Being involved as a trustee has been a goal of mine for a very long time and I look forward to the challenge. My first year has just finished and I have learned a LOT, but know there are still things that I need to learn.
Please feel free to contact me if there is anything that you need help with or have questions on. I will try my best to get the answers for you.
This past year the convention was in New Orleans. There were forums on social media, membership, legislation are just a few to mention. The ADAA Board continues to strive forward in getting our profession the recognition that it deserves. I believe that we have made some great steps in the last year. The future of the dental assisting profession relies on all of getting the best kept secret told!
Jennie Aasand, RDA
7th District Trustee, ADAA