Positions

STATEMENT OF COMMITMENT

As a professional dental assistant, I will promote the advancement of the careers of dental assistants and the dental assisting profession in matters of education, legislation, credentialing and professional activities which enhance the delivery of quality dental health care to the public.

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ADAA CREED FOR DENTAL ASSISTANTS

To be loyal to my employer, my calling and myself.
To develop initiative – having the courage to assume responsibility and the imagination to create ideas and develop them.
To be prepared to visualize, take advantage of, and fulfill the opportunities of my calling.
To be a co-worker – creating a spirit of cooperation and friendliness rather than one of fault-finding and criticism.
To be enthusiastic – for therein lies the easiest way to accomplishment.
To be generous, not alone of my name but of my praise and my time.
To be tolerant with my associates, for at times I too make mistakes.
To be friendly, realizing that friendship bestows and receives happiness.
To be respectful of the other person’s viewpoint and condition.
To be systematic, believing that system makes for efficiency.
To know the value of time for both my employer and myself.
To safeguard my health, for good health is necessary for the achievement of a successful career.
To be tactful – always doing the right thing at the right time.
To be courteous – for this is the badge of good breeding.
To walk on the sunny side of the street, seeing the beautiful things in life rather than fearing the shadows.
To keep smiling always.
- Juliette A. Southard, Founder ADAA

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ADAA PLEDGE

I solemnly pledge that, in the practice of my profession, I will always be loyal to the welfare of the patients who come under my care, and to the interest of the practitioner whom I serve.
I will be just and generous to the members of my profession, aiding them and lending them encouragement to be loyal, to be just, and to be studious.
I hereby pledge to devote my best energies to the service of humanity in that relationship of Life to which I consecrated myself when I elected to become a Dental Assistant.
Dr. C. N. Johnson

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ADAA POLICY ON PRINCIPLES OF ETHICS AND CODE OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT

FOREWORD:

As an organization charged with representing a part of the profession involved in the practice of dentistry, the American Dental Assistants Association has delineated the Principles of Ethics and the Code of Professional Conduct for members, officers and trustees. The Principles of Ethics are general goals to
which each member should aspire and are not intended to be enforceable as rules of conduct for dental assistants. The Code of Professional Conduct is intended for use as a guide for the evaluation of elected officials and members.

AMERICAN DENTAL ASSISTANTS ASSOCIATION PRINCIPLES OF ETHICS (2011)

FOREWORD: The Principles of Professional Ethics lists legal and ethical guidelines expected by patients, employers, employees and, in many areas, required by regulatory boards. 
  • Cause no harm;
  • Uphold all federal, state, and local laws and regulations;
  • Βe truthful and honest in verbal, financial, and treatment endeavors;
  • Recognize and report signs of abuse to proper authorities;
  • Assist in informed decision-making of treatment options; while respecting the rights of patients to determine the final course of treatment to be rendered;
  • Do not discriminate against others;
  • Support, promote and participate in access to care efforts through education,      professional activities and programs;
  • Deliver optimum care utilizing professional knowledge, judgment and skill within the law;
  • Be compassionate, respectful, kind and fair to employers, co-workers, and patients;
  • Refrain from denigrating by word, print, or in electronic communication his/her       employer, workplace, or colleagues at all times;
  • Create and maintain a safe work environment;
  • Assist in conflict management when necessary to maintain harmony within the       workplace;
  • Strive for self-improvement through continuing education;
  • Strive for a healthy lifestyle which may prevent physical or mental impairment caused by any type of illness;
  • Refrain from any substance abuse;
  • Never misrepresent professional credentials or education. 

 

Adopted HOD 2011; reviewed 2013.
 
CODE OF MEMBER CONDUCT
FOREWORD: 
As an organization charged with representing a part of the profession involved in the practice of dentistry, the American Dental Assistants Association has delineated a Code of Conduct for members, officers and trustees. They are general goals to which each member should aspire and are not intended to be enforceable as rules of conduct for dental assistants.
 
CODE OF CONDUCT AS A MEMBER OF THE ADAA
As a member of the American Dental Assistants Association, I pledge to:
  • Abide by the Bylaws of the Association;
  • Maintain loyalty to the Association;
  • Pursue the objectives of the Association;
  • Hold in confidence the information entrusted to me by the Association;
  • Serve all members of the Association in an impartial manner;
  • Maintain respect for the members and the employees of the Association;
  • Exercise and insist on sound business principles in the conduct of the affairs of the Association;
  • Use legal and ethical means to influence legislation or regulation affecting members of the Association;
  • Issue no false or misleading statements to fellow members or to the public;
  • Refrain from disseminating malicious information concerning the Association or any member or employee of the American Dental Assistants Association;
  • Maintain high standards of personal conduct and integrity;
  • Cooperate in a reasonable and proper manner with staff and members;
  • Accept no personal compensation from fellow members, except as approved by the Association;
  • Assure public confidence in the integrity and service of the Association;
  • Promote and maintain the highest standards of performance in service to the Association.

 Adopted HOD 2011; reviewed 2013.CODE OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT

As a member of the American Dental Assistants Association, I pledge to:

  • Abide by the Bylaws of the Association;
  • Maintain loyalty to the Association;
  • Pursue the objectives of the Association;
  • Hold in confidence the information entrusted to me by the Association;
  • Serve all members of the Association in an impartial manner;
  • Recognize and follow all laws and regulations relating to activities of the Association;
  • Maintain respect for the members and the employees of the Association;
  • Exercise and insist on sound business principles in the conduct of the affairs of the Association;
  • Use legal and ethical means to influence legislation or regulation affecting members of the
    Association;
  • Issue no false or misleading statements to fellow members or to the public;
  • Refrain from disseminating malicious information concerning the Association or any member or
    employee of the American Dental Assistants Association;
  • Maintain high standards of personal conduct and integrity;
  • To not imply Association endorsement of personal opinions or positions;
  • Cooperate in a reasonable and proper manner with staff and members;
  • Accept no personal compensation from fellow members, except as approved by the Association;
  • Promote and maintain the highest standards or performance in service to the Association;
  • Assure public confidence in the integrity and service of the Association.
(HOD 1980)

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