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Dental Nurses

Dental nurses prepare patients for, and assist with, dental examinations, prepare and sterilise instruments and maintain case records.

Entry Reqirements

Level 4 NVQ; Intermediate, DipHE, DipFE

Typical Tasks

  • Maintains records, processes and mounts x-ray films and undertakes reception duties.
  • Removes water and saliva from patient.
  • Assists with minor treatment, such as preparing materials for fillings.
  • Hands required equipment and medication to dentist during examination.
  • Prepares and sterilises instruments and follows guidelines to maintain sterile conditions within the surgery.
  • Prepares patient for examination.

Desired Skills

Reading Comprehension, Active Listening, Active Learning, Writing, Learning Strategies, Critical Thinking, Speaking, Monitoring, Science, Mathematics

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