July 15, 2016 was a rough morning for Stephanie when her son, Lucas, got sick.
And if dealing with a sick child as a single mother wasn’t hard enough, Stephanie had another problem on her mind. As a full-time Registered Dental Hygienist, she couldn’t just miss a shift. Without her, the clinic would close for the day or be forced to call a staffing firm.
Stephanie immediately called her dentist, who said it was her responsibility to find a replacement. How could she do this on such short notice? Stephanie first reached out to friends who frequently temped in this industry—no luck. She then turned to various Facebook groups filled with dental professionals—again, no luck.
At this point, Stephanie was desperate. She proceeded to call colleagues, retirees, and old friends from hygiene school. Still, no one could help.
With no other solution in sight, Stephanie’s sister drove over two hours to watch Lucas while she went to work. Yes, this was inconvenient, but Stephanie knew she had a responsibility to show up no matter what.
This is not an unheard of tale for dental professionals. Offices spend nearly $20,000 annually on staffing alone. The existing system is fractured—it does not allow for real-time hiring, lacks strong quality control, and is expensive both in time and money.
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