29 Nov Life as a Trainee Dental Nurse in Mansfield
Almost a year has past since I introduced myself to you all as the new trainee here at Thackeray dental care..
What’s changed in that time?
Well, I’ve had a Birthday!
But on the dental front I’ve finished all of my exams, which means I no longer spend my Fridays at college and no more visits from my college tutor to observe me in practice, I’ve almost completed all of my coursework too.
Over the next few months I will be adding the last few details to my portfolio and once they’re signed off and my certificates arrive I will be applying to the GDC.
The General Dental Council is the regulatory body of the dental profession and once registered I will have to pay an annual retention fee, I’ll have to complete 50 hours’ worth of CPD, formally 150, which means taking post qualification courses, attending conferences and reading and watching verified online material throughout each 5 year cycle.
Working and learning at Thackeray’s, has been an amazing experience, my colleagues are all so supportive and eager to help.
If anyone reading this is thinking of a career in dentistry I would like to tell you that dental nursing is not a glamorous job. As a dental nurse you have many responsibilities, not just the ones you see them doing when you go to the dentist. You run the risk of being spat on (accidentally of course), treatments can run in to your lunch break or making you late going home.
On the other hand if you have the patience, determination and the right attitude to become a dental nurse it can be so rewarding. Every day is a school day (even after qualification) you’ll always face new and interesting challenges and you can’t beat that feeling when you’ve genuinely helped someone, whether it’s in overcoming their fear of the dentist or leaving with a lovely set of pearly whites.
What’s next for me?
Well once qualified and registered I’m hoping to take a post qualification course, a course would allow me to specialise in a particular area and potentially take on more responsibility at the practice too. (I think I might take a holiday first).
Making the decision to change my career and train as a dental nurse was one of the biggest decisions I have ever made.
Would I do it again?
If you wish to come in and meet the team at Thackeray Dental Care in Mansfield, simply give us a call on 01623 629359.