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Pushing boundaries – empowering dental nurses

Siobhan Kelleher chats to Rebecca Silver about empowering dental nurses to achieve their full potential and increase job satisfaction. Why did you choose dentistry as a career? After completing a BTEC National Diploma in sports and exercise science (with distinction), I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life.  University was never the … Continued

Dental nurse sponsorship scheme kicks off in Northern Ireland

A new fully-funded programme for dental nurses has launched in Northern Ireland in a bid to secure the future of the profession. Portman Dental Care has joined forces with South West College in Dungannon to kick off a new apprenticeship scheme for dental nurses. Each candidate will experience one of Portman’s 11 practices scattered throughout Northern Ireland. They … Continued

Dublin dental nursing meeting free to members

The Irish Dental Nurses’ Association (IDNA) Conference 2016 will take place on 22 October in Dublin and is free to all members. This year’s theme is promotion, prevention and education in oral health and includes a host of speakers, including IDNA president Dr Mary O’Donnell, Dr Barry Dace from the US, Orlagh Pettigrew, Dr Anne … Continued

Regulation Debate: hope for registration changes

Whether you are a dentist, hygienist, nurse or technician, registration matters. It’s the lifeline to which you hang your professional standing on, and a way for patients to recognise your qualifications and dedication to care. Recently, the issue of registration in the Irish dental profession has been opened up for debate, as proposals for the … Continued

Shining a light on dental nursing

Irish Dentistry talks to Tina Gorman about how the Irish Dental Nurses Association plans to raise the profile of dental nurses across the country What can you tell us about the current situation for dental nurses in Ireland? There is currently no legal requirement to be trained or qualified to work as a dental nurse … Continued