The journey to becoming a Qualified Dental Nurse
We recently celebrated our first Student Nurse Graduation, which saw 73 of our first intake of Student Dental Nurses pass their OCSE exam achieving a 93% pass rate.
In 2016, we decided to move the trainee nurse programme away from the apprenticeship route. After an accreditation process, the mydentist Academy was approved by the National Examining Board for Dental Nurses (NEBDN) as a training provider to deliver their National Diploma in Dental Nursing.
Our nurses make a huge difference to our success every day; without them, we couldn’t deliver outstanding care to our patients or our commitments to the NHS. We want every nurse to feel valued, rewarded and recognised for their hard work and to build their careers with us so this year, we are investing over £2.5 million to ensure our nurses are paid competitively. There will also be the introduction of a proper structured career ladder in place in every practice that rewards our nurses as they develop their skills and experience.
In addition to this, to reward our Student Nurses who go on to become qualified Dental Nurses and then stay with us for at least two years, we will introduce a new £500 qualification bonus.
Declan Stephens, who is currently on our Student Dental Nurse programme, talks about how mydentist has provided a career structure which allows him to grow and progress.
Why did you want to become a Dental Nurse and what opportunities for growth are available at mydentist?
I was looking for a challenge and something new, I really wanted to help benefit other people’s lives other than my own. Right now my main focus is successfully passing but when I’m qualified, I am looking forward to being able to have the opportunity to progress into other dental fields such as becoming a hygienist or technician. I know I can make it a lifelong career.
I have received some really great training from my tutors with the workshop revision classes and even outside of these. If I needed to know something that I could do or understand, my tutor was happy to help. They really want us to pass!
What has been a highlight of studying with mydentist so far?
The fact that mydentist has accepted me to work and study with them has been fantastic. Many places had refused me because I had no dental experience whatsoever. It’s good to know that although you don’t have any previous experience or qualifications in clinical doesn’t mean you can’t pursue a career in dentistry, mydentist gave me the chance to follow my dreams.
Our patients are at the heart of everything we do, how does your role contribute to ensuring patients receive the highest standards of care?
As a Dental nurse I have always tried to uphold my integrity and confidence with patients, I ensure I take the time to explain treatments to those who don’t necessarily know the whole process which puts our patients at ease. In the practice I work in, it is only small but we all work closely and collaboratively to make sure all our patients receive high quality care, we are here to help them and we can only do that with good performance and communication.
What advice would you give to anyone looking to become a Dental Nurse?
Overall I would recommend studying with mydentist to anyone looking to get into the world of dentistry. It isn’t an easy job and sometimes not so glamorous but if you have the eagerness to improve someone’s life then this really is the career path for you!
So if you, like Declan would like to know more about our Student Dental Nurse Programme please contact our Resourcing team on 01204 799699 or click here