Team Placement has a way for dental hygienists to move or live temporarily in the Washington DC area. They have three houses are called “Hygiene Huts.” Each house has five bedrooms and three full baths. They are located close to Washington DC. The “huts” are in Alexandria, Annandale, Virginia and Silver Spring, Maryland. Five dental hygienists live in each “hygiene hut”.
A dental hygienist can move right into these houses and stay for free if she is available to work four to five days a week for Team Placement.
“They get scheduled by seniority or if a doctor requests them. An application for a dental hygiene license in Washington DC, Virginia or Maryland is necessary before moving into the rent free housing. They must have at least two local licenses. One of them must be in Virginia. The rate of pay for hygienists living in the rent free houses is $30 an hour. The standard rate for the area is $40-$50 an hour.” Iris Chirino-Lainez said.
The rent free place to live makes it easier for hygienists to move from places that have been harder hit by the economy. Many people take up the offer because they can tour Washington DC and see the sites during their time off.
“I want people to come with realistic expectations that they work 17-32 hours a week. Right now the girls are working four to five days a week. Another requirement is that they have a vehicle. Not everywhere we send them is Metro accessible. I will have you know that the people that are moving in from out of state to Virginia are finding jobs a lot quicker than some of the local hygienists. We have them as young as 20 years old to 70 years old. Most are in their twenties. The 70 year old hygienist moved from Michigan. She is still here and has been here three years and still practicing at age 73.” Iris said.
The offices are used to having temporary workers. There is a high and stable demand for hygienists in the Washington DC area.
“We have expanded this program to include assistants as well” added Iris. “Most have gone to a six to eight week training program. I could go to a dental office in DC, knock on the door and you dont even need an x-ray certification in DC. Maryland requires CDA and having the DANB (Dental Assisting National Board). Next year you will need x-ray certification for DC. That is why we started including the dental assistants now. We are expanding into Baltimore and Philly hopefully by 2011. Ninety percent of the travelers end up staying in the area.”
Iris was asked if the economy has changed anything about dentistry in the Washington DC area.”Some people aren’t coming in for broken teeth as much as they used to before the economy changed. A few dentists aren’t spending as much because they are worried. We’re in the nation’s capital. We are right in the backyard of the government so it didn’t really affect us as much as in other parts of the country” Iris stated.
Two years ago Iris was in Chicago at RDH under one roof recruiting hygienists for work and move to Washington DC. They are looking for hygienists from all over the country to work there. Many of the “travelers” that move into the “hygiene huts” are from the midwest.
If you are interested in a position with Team Placement you can call 1-800-495-6767.