Scope out your Career!

registered dental_nurse_scope_of_practiceThe scope of practice for a dental nurse clarifies the activity, operations and processes which a registered nurse is authorised and allowed to carry out. This term is used to report on what a dental nurse is trained to do. It explains the skills, abilities and training which is expected in the industry. It also describes the required knowledge and experience which is necessary to ensure safe and efficient practice for both dental nurses and patients. Therefore, it is essential for dental nurses to know what experience and skills are fundamental to their scope of practice and what options they can take to alter and develop their scope. There are a range of skills an individual must have in order to pursue a career as a dental nurse professional.

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Working For Stress

stressStress, something we encounter on a daily basis as human beings. However, while stress can be normal, immoderate levels of stress can harm your health. Excessive stress in the work place in particular, is something that should not be dismissed lightly. Pressure can be motivating but if it is uncontrolled it quickly develops into stress and this can lead to various different illnesses.

The Healthy and Safety Executive (HSE) describe stress as ‘the adverse reaction people have to excessive pressures or demands place on them.’

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How to stand out in a job interview

iStock_000012989954XSmallA job interview should be seen as the perfect opportunity to show what you can offer to the company you are applying at. Good preparation can make you the candidate that they are looking for.

1/ First impression is important

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Dental Nurses: How to write patient notes


iStock_000001396022XSmallPatients’ notes are a legal document. Dental nurses therefore have a responsibility to make these records as accurate and detailed as possible so that all relevant information is present and correct.

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Dental nurse receives £200,000...

A dental nurse received damages of £200,000 after contracting occupational dermatitis, caused by the gloves she was wearing.
After working for the NHS for over 30 years she was shocked to have to retire at age 50.
The dental nurse wore powdered and non- powered latex gloves in the surgery. In 2004 she was diagnosed with her condition by her doctor. She initially went to see her doctor in 2003, complaining of itchy wrists.
'Caroline Bedale, UNISON Branch Secretary, said: “Latex products are a known danger to dental and other healthcare workers because they are at increased risk of latex allergy. This case demonstrates the critical importance of all employers having proper policies, not only to protect staff from developing latex allergy, but also for the safe handling of patients with known or suspected latex allergy.”¹
'Commenting, the woman’s representative at Thompsons Solicitors, Imogen Wetton, said: “The impact of a latex allergy causes no end of difficulties for sufferers. My client cannot wear jewellery with nickel in it, nor can she wear any clothes with metal zips. She has to avoid any rubber handled items and wear cork inner soles. She has to sleep with cotton gloves on and has to regularly apply steroid creams. She has to avoid washing up and ironing. She can’t even use the TV remote control as it has rubber buttons. The list goes on and on and it’s a living nightmare for sufferers.'²
1http://www.thompsons.law.co.uk/ntext/damages-latex-allergy.htm
2 http://www.thompsons.law.co.uk/ntext/damages-latex-allergy.htm
A dental nurse received damages of £200,000 after contracting occupational dermatitis, caused by the gloves she was wearing.

After working for the NHS for over 30 years, she was shocked to have to retire at age 50.

The dental nurse wore powdered and non- powered latex gloves in the surgery. In 2004 she was diagnosed with her condition by her doctor. She initially went to see her doctor in 2003, complaining of itchy wrists.
 
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