“I started as a Trainee Dental Nurse with PDSE in 2013 and later qualified in June 2015. Since 2017 I have been working as a Registered Dental Nurse for 4 days per week with PDSE and I also work 1 day a week in general practice.
It’s different here to working in general practice as it’s so student focused. The nurses get to work with patients still but you often get to know the students better and you build up a rapport with them first. The students work closely with the patients and get to know them a bit more than the Nurses do so it’s slightly different.
Nurses support the students whilst they are treating patients on our open bays and often, they rely upon us for lots of help, support and guidance. We can help with things like cross infection guidance, the dental chairs, mixing materials, referrals, going through various guidelines and the medical emergencies trolley too. Nurses have to be confident with guiding the students within their scope of practice; sometimes we have to support them with remediation too if they make a mistake.
Although we don’t do as much chairside nursing when we work with the students, we do have our own team of PDSE clinicians so the nurses have opportunities to work chairside to support the PDSE clinicians. I think this is good because it helps us to keep our skills up when we aren’t nursing as much as we would in practice.
Everyone helps each other here at PDSE and there is a nice team spirit. When new people come in everyone is really friendly and people tend to settle in quite quickly. You get a lot of support here if there is anything you need to know and there are often opportunities for progression too for courses such as Radiography. ”
Registered Dental Nurse & Mental Health First Aider