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The Gift of the Gab

26th May 2020 | Student Blogs

SKILL DEVELOPMENT FOR DENTAL NURSES: A SERIES By Rosie Connell LESSON 2: ‘THE GIFT OF THE GAB’   The worst feedback I ever got from a dentist in my first year, was ‘Rosie, you don’t talk enough’ The best feedback I ever received from a dentist, was 3 years later; ‘Rosie, you have the best patient communication skills I’ve come across, you can really talk about anything!’ This example is a testament to self reflection, continuing professional development and...

SOFTLY, SOFTLY…Oral Health ADVICE

20th May 2020 | Student Blogs

SKILL DEVELOPMENT FOR DENTAL NURSES: A SERIES By Rosie Connell LESSON 1 SOFTLY, SOFTLY…Oral Health ADVICE   If you’ve ever given one of your dentists’ patients oral health advice, congrats, you know now how a stand up comedian feels. You’re whipping out your best material, ripe with accurate information (whilst working within your professional boundaries). But sometimes, what you are telling the patient can easily end up being a bit of a flop. They bought the ticket, but...

Do one thing everyday & do it well!

21st April 2020 | Student Blogs

Do one thing everyday & do it well! Great advice came from a caring friend last year, at a time I was snowed under with work issues, children problems & family illness - I couldn’t cope! I didn’t listen, I want to get an endless list of jobs ticked off, causing self-induced pressure to mount. In the end, I did nothing thoroughly!  I just wanted to get off the "single mum treadmill" for a little time for me. I am currently furloughed, and so now finally working through that...

Enhanced CPD

30th March 2020 | Dental News, Training

Are we moaning or worrying about Enhanced CPD? Sometimes I can’t tell. Yes, the GDC has caused some confusion,  some annoyance. And we now have even more paper work to complete. But what exactly is enhanced CPD??? Does this mean we are doing more CPD?? Does it mean CPD is only relevant to our field of practice? CPD is defined as ‘learning, training or other developmental activities undertaken by a dental professional. I asked my dentist what he thought about enhanced CPD. He told me...

Apprentice to Head Dental Nurse – My Journey

24th March 2020 | Student Blogs

Apprentice to Head Dental Nurse? Yes it sounds so surreal to me too!  Here is my story by Emily Grace Birkin.    How it started? I started off as a young 18 year old apprentice not knowing what career path to take after my A-Levels. I remember browsing the internet looking for careers, and what path to take as I approached the end of my final year of A-levels.  When I applied for a social work course at university,  my application was unfortunately declined.  I was left...

A walk to remember #Memorywalk

16th March 2020 | Training

A few weeks ago, I found myself signing up to the #Memorywalk for Alzheimer’s Society. A marathon walk in London, in the middle of October, likely to be wet and cold. At the time I didn’t think too much about the challenge of walking such a distance. I keep myself fairly fit, attend gym classes most days, as well as walking Percy twice a day. The weather however, did concern me! During one of my gym classes I was sharing my sponsorship details to fellow gym goers. A lady, who was...

Starting your morning the right way

9th March 2020 | Training

Alarm goes off at 06:25am. Each weekday morning, I somehow drag myself out of bed and dress for gym. I think the average person most likely wakes around this time to prepare for work. I’m not sure why I have difficulties in waking at this unsightly time. It must be the thought of the instructor causing my body pain. But I’m up and my day has begun. HIIT class 06:45am. From this point onward, my day gets easier! I have ‘rolled’ to the gym (luckily for me it is less than a...

Dental Nurse Specialist Courses

20th January 2020 | Training

Helping dental nurses find the right dental nurse specialist courses for their training! To become a dental professional requires years of dedication and learning. Through our range of dental nurse specialist courses, you can increase your skill and knowledge as a qualified dental nurse. Specialist dental nurses can take on additional responsibilities within dental practices and offer increaser support to dentists and patients. What is specialist dental nurse training? Specialist...

How to Become a Dental Nurse

20th January 2020 | Training

If you’re considering the career move of becoming a Dental Nurse, then there are a few skills and qualifications you must acquire along the way. Qualifications to be a Dental Nurse To become a qualified dental nurse, applicants are required to complete a dental nursing course, approved by the General Dental Council (GDC). This can be full time or part-time. However, if you’re wanting to learn on the job, dental practices may also seek trainee dental nurses or assistants. To...

Supplementary Outcome – Reflective Practice

17th October 2019 | Student Blogs

Newbie alert! I started the NEBDN Implant Nursing Course just over a month ago and boy I was so eager to get my teeth stuck right in (deliberate cheesy pun intended). However, I quickly became daunted when the ROC landed in my inbox. I literally lost count with how many times I have flicked through it. I feel sorry for how many questions I had sent my tutor in the first 24 hours too - thank goodness she was patient.   Let’s talk the SO2 reflective practice First, I was shocked...