TRAINEE DENTAL NURSES
We assist our students in finding and securing a trainee dental nurse job through our dental clinic network in the UK.
Trainee dental nurses and dental assistants support the dentist in all aspects of patients’ dental care.
You may help with reception work and could help any member of the dental team – dentists, clinical dental technicians/technologists, hygienists, and therapists – treat patients of all ages.
Some patients will be there for a check-up, while others will have more complicated treatment. You’ll need to reassure people and put them at ease while supporting the team in all aspects of patient care.
Below are some of our best dental nursing students who were recognised for their excellence while undertaking a trainee dental nursing course with us.
TRAIN TO BE A DENTAL NURSE
By enrolling in our National Diploma course, students will have to work as trainee dental nurses for the duration of the course. Students will receive the NEBDN qualification and the General Dental Council (GDC) number once they complete the course and pass the dental nursing exams, allowing them to work as qualified dental nurses anywhere in the UK. Dental nursing is a well-paid and rewarding profession. Dental nurses assist in several procedures, from basic check-ups to complex surgeries.
DENTAL NURSE SALARY
Qualified dental nurses can earn up to £33,000 per year (National Careers Service) while working full-time.
Until students receive the qualification they can work as Trainee Dental Nurses. This helps them to earn while they learn.
Trainee dental nurses usually start with a national minimum wage.
The average salary for a trainee dental nurse job is £23,480 depending on experience (Totaljobs salary checker).
Students often choose to take a post-registration course to progress as an individual and explore new career paths.
THE ROLE OF A DENTAL NURSE
Although the receptionists are normally the patient’s first point of contact in the dental practice, the dental nurse is quite often the first person the patient comes into contact with in the clinical area.
According to the General Dental Council’s (GDC) document Scope of Practice, dental nurses are registered dental professionals who provide clinical and other support to other registrants and patients.
Dental nurse’s duties:
- Prepare and maintain the clinical environment, including the equipment.
- Carry out infection-control procedures to prevent physical, chemical, and microbiological contamination in the surgery or laboratory.
- Record dental charting carried out by other appropriate registrants.
- Prepare, mix, and handle dental materials.
- Provide chairside support to the operator during treatment.
- Keep full and accurate patient records.
- Prepare equipment, materials, and patients for dental radiography.
- Process dental radiographs.
- Monitor, support, and reassure patients.
- Give appropriate advice to patients.
- Support the patient and their colleagues if there is a medical emergency.
- Make appropriate referrals to other health professionals.
DENTAL NURSE QUALITIES
A dental nurse should possess certain personal qualities, such as:
- Good written and verbal communication skills.
- The ability to stay calm under pressure.
- A pleasant and caring disposition.
- Excellent attendance, timekeeping, and punctuality.
- The ability to work as part of a team.