Your qualification must be approved by GDC (General Dental Council) however you do have the option to start working before you fully qualify. In England there are 7 organisations which are recognised from the GDC. Universities such as Portsmouth, Teesside, Northampton or level 3 at CACHE and City & Guilds however the most popular and officially recognised group have to be the NEBDN (National Examining Board of Dental Nurses) who cover the whole of the UK.
Harriet Ellis is the number one largest privately owned college in the UK offering the National Diploma for Dental Nursing which is accredited by the NEBDN. We also have a specific team designed to help you find a job when enrolling onto the course. Click here for full course details.
A dental nurse needs to have extremely good practical skills as you would be dealing with instruments within the practice, preparing certain materials etc. you would also need to have a positive attitude and a reassuring manner to the patients; keeping them calm before they go into get their treatment.
Day to day activities:
As mentioned above a dental nurse must be extremely organised at all times, this means you have to keep the practice tidy, make sure that the instruments used are sterilised, you will be the dentist’s right hand person when dealing with patients trying to keep them cool and calm, handing over instruments when instructed to do so, assisting to remove saliva/water from patients mouth during treatment, prep of materials such as fillings and lastly a really good dental nurse has the ability to engage in a reassuring manner to children, and those with special needs.
For a new starter in the dental nursing career as a trainee you would be looking at minimum wage (around £15,000) you could be earning this whilst you study. Your salary can increase thereafter anywhere between £19,000 to £22,000 depending on experience and as high as £28,000 if you become highly experienced as a dental nurse.
Working hours, environment and progression:
Typically the working hours start from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday which would be around 37 to 40 hours per week however keep in mind some private practices also run during the evenings so you may have the opportunity to do an evening if it tickles your fancy.
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