Dental Nurses provide chairside support to dentists across the full range of treatment provision. They play a key role in the patient support aspects of the job and also have responsibility for infection control and health and safety in the workplace.
To be a dental nurse you will need to have excellent communication skills, a caring nature and be highly organised. Dental Nurses need to be friendly and approachable, reliable, calm and be flexible enough to respond to unexpected situations as they arise.
The National Diploma in Dental Nursing is a General Dental Council (GDC) recognised dental nursing qualification. The purpose of the qualification is to prepare trainee dental nurses in the foundations of dental nursing so they can demonstrate the highest standards in terms of knowledge, skills and professional attributes.
The skills you will gain upon completion of the qualification are described within the extensive curriculum under the domains of Clinical, Communication, Professionalism and Management and Leadership.
The qualification comprises of a formative workplace assessment, the Record of Experience (ROE), which enables the workplace team to become an integral part of the training of the trainee dental nurse, a written exam and a practical exam.
Once you have qualified as a dental nurse you may wish to complete further qualifications to supplement your training and enhance your career prospects.
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