Gleaming future for dental nurses

WELL QUALIFIED: Back row (left to right), Holly Hubery, Louise Kinchin, tutor Colette Meek, Jen Maloney and Lisa Cotson. Front, Lauren Ellis, Leigh Stewart and Jade Hand

WELL QUALIFIED: Back row (left to right), Holly Hubery, Louise Kinchin, tutor Colette Meek, Jen Maloney and Lisa Cotson. Front, Lauren Ellis, Leigh Stewart and Jade Hand

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IT’S all smiles at a dental clinic where seven nurses have added to their qualifications.

The success in the Dental Sedation Nursing and Oral Health Certificate came at the Queensway Dental Clinic’s Education Centre, in Billingham.

The nurses completed a 20-week course at the clinic’s own on-site education centre.

Dental nurse tutor Colette Meek has been responsible for overseeing dental nurse training at Queensway for the past seven years.

The two courses included a series of practical and theory tests in both the classroom and surgery environment. To pass the course, the dental nurses needed to take a written and oral exam as well as presenting their completed portfolio.

Colette said: “I’m delighted all the girls have passed their respective courses and have significantly increased their knowledge base. At Queensway, dental education is extremely high on our agenda, not just for members of staff at our clinic, but also for practices across the region.

“It is important that all dental nurses have the opportunity to expand their basic training and are able to support their dentist and practice with invaluable skills in sedation, oral health and radiography.”

One of the successful nurses, Jade Hand, said: “The course has been brilliant and will benefit me in a number of ways. Queensway has recently opened a purpose built oral heath room and now that I am qualified I can run sessions to educate patients about good oral health to encourage them to make positive changes in their behaviour.”