How do you know if Dental Nursing is the right career for you?
If you take a look online and research what makes a good Dental Nurse, you will most likely find something like this: “A good Dental nurse needs to be sympathetic, with excellent communication skills and the ability to maintain professionalism at all times when dealing with patients of different ages and ethnicity.”
What makes a good Dental Nurse?
Finding out about the required attributes of your dream career is a great starting point, to work out if this is right for you. We also recommend, speaking to people in the industry to help you understand the importance of a Dental Nurse in the Dental Practice environment. If you don’t know anyone around your family or friends, why not contact the Dental Practice you are registered with and ask if you can have a chat with one of the Dental Nurses.
With most careers in the Health Care industry, you will need to be comfortable facing a variety of medical conditions, clients may present when visiting the practice. You will also need to be comfortable and confident to work in a confined space and a busy and demanding environment.
Dental Nurse is a very rewarding career!
Of course, there are also a lot of enjoyable factors to consider. Working as a Dental Nurse is a very rewarding career. You are part of a team, making a real difference in your patient’s lives, which covers more than just taking toothache away! No two days are the same and there is always something to learn, as technologies and techniques continue to develop within the industry, to constantly improve dental therapies and treatments for patients.
Your main duties as Dental Nurse will include preparing the chair and instruments for each patient, chair-side assistance, passing instruments to the Dentist, cleaning and sterilising instruments, stock check and stock control, keeping patient records up to date, and making patients feel safe and comfortable. These are of course just a few examples of your daily tasks.
Postgraduate career progression for Dental Nurses
Once qualified, you also have fantastic opportunities to develop your skills and knowledge further by completing postgraduate Dental Nurse training courses.
With a Dental Radiography qualification, you could become responsible for taking radiographs, or by completing the Oral Health Education training, you could offer dental healthcare advice to patients and educate them about oral health.
If this sounds interesting to you, why not speak to one of our course advisors and find out more about our National Diploma in Dental Nursing and how you can start your training?
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