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Dental Nurses

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

Wages

New workers
AVERAGE
Experienced
£ 8,518
£ 16,847
£ 26,709

Available jobs

In the past year there were 61,138 vacancies for this type of job

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • 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.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Surgery

  • Nursing

  • Dentistry

  • Infection Control

  • Radiography

  • Mental Health

  • Dental Procedures

  • Registration

  • Orthodontics

  • Dental Care

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Communications

  • Mathematics

  • Computer Literacy

  • Customer Service

  • Administrative Functions

  • Positivity

  • First Aid

  • Enthusiasm

  • Management

  • Record Keeping

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.