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Finding that dream trainee dental nurse job…

Finding that dream trainee dental nurse job…

  1. Don’t wait for the opportunity to come to you….

Don’t wait for practice to advertise a role, why not email them or print an post/hand deliver your CV and cover letter to dental practices in your area? Although they may not have advertised a vacancy they may have one becoming available shortly and so by expressing your interest they may invite you for a meeting and if offered a role you haven’t got any other candidates to compete with and your proactive attitude will likely be commended.  This method also benefits the practice by saving them valuable time and advertising fees.


  1. Keep your finger on the pulse

Websites like Indeed, Gumtree, Reed,  Totaljobs, Monster etc have a wealth of posts from dental practices looking for trainee dental nurses. Keep an eye on these and other websites for jobs suitable for you. You can also sign up to email updates, where jobs which fit your search criteria are automatically emailed to you by the site so that you don’t miss any those crucial posts.


  1. Get support

Here at Lotus Dental Education we provide all round student support from CV and cover letter templates to weekly jobs boards. We also provide proof of enrolment documents which can be shared with your potential employers.

Employment agencies can be helpful in finding you work too, they search the jobs market for you and put you in touch with suitable dental practices and also give you advise on securing roles.

Infection control…it’s in your hands

Infection control…it’s in your hands

To prevent transmission of infection in the dental practice through our hands, all team members, including you as a trainee dental nurse, should be trained in and adhere to the content and principles of their local hand hygiene policy.

By adhering to local policy and taking guidance from the Department of Health’s technical memorandum 01-05 in Decontamination in Primary Care Dental Care, we fulfill our moral, professional and legal obligations in complying with:

• The Health and social care Act 2008 regulated by Care Quality commission through Regulations 8, 12, 15 and 17
• The General Dental Councils Professional standards

To ensure adequate hand hygiene, all dental team members must stick to the following principles….

1. Finger nails must be short and clean with no varnish or false nails.

2. Jewellery must not be worn on the arms or hands during clinical or decontamination procedures apart from a single wedding ring.

3. Separate hand wash basins are provided in each surgery which:
– decontamination procedures are not carried out in.
– do not have plugs
– have lever operated mixer taps which can be switched off with the elbow
– do not discharge directly into the open drain opening (to avoid generating aerosol)
-liquid soap dispensers are located in close proximity
– have next to or above them posters depicting appropriate hand washing techniques

4. Alcohol based skin disinfectant/hand rubs/hand gels may be used between each patient procedure. They must be manufactured with hand disinfecting purposes. The amount of times the rub can be used is determined by the manufacturer’s instructions or hand must be wash with an antimicrobial soap and water if the hands become sticky due to build-up of alcohol rub. Under no circumstance should gel be used to disinfect disposable glove, it damages the barrier protection and are strictly single use.

5. Hands should be washed with a mild soap and water after each decontamination procedure, after each session (or earlier if visibly contaminated) with the recommended technique as demonstrated on wall mounted posters above or near designated hand washing sinks

6. Hands should be dried using the disposable towels provided and disposed of in the foot operated bins.

7. Hand cream should be used at the end of each session to prevent dry skin. It is recommend not be used before donning heavy duty or disposable gloves as the moist environment will allow microbial colonisation.

8. Bar soap should never be used

9. Nail brushes should be not used as they can cause skin abrasions which can harbour microorganisms.

10. All staff carrying out clinical and decontamination procedures are registered dental professionals or are registered on a recognised dental nursing course whilst working as a trainee dental nurse.

Preparing for an interview…

…our top five tips.

Once you’re enrolled on our NEBDN (National Examining Board for Dental Nurses) national diploma in dental nursing course at Lotus, you will attend interviews for trainee dental nurse roles, here are some tips to help you secure that dream dental nursing role to work alongside your dental nursing course.

1. Prepare, prepare, prepare

Your interviewer will be impressed to see that you have prepared well for your interview. Take a paper copy of your CV, working permit, proof of identification and any other documents you think you will need on the day. This will show that you are proactive and committed. Asking questions is a great way of showing your genuine interest in the practice and the role so prepare some questions beforehand using your research. This will not only ensure that you get the information you need on the day but you are unlikely to forget to ask them if you have them written down with you.  After all, being prepared is one of the key skills for an efficient dental nurse!

2. Do your research

Dental practice websites and social media pages provide an up to date window into daily life in a dental practice and are invaluable when it comes to researching the practice. You can see which services and treatments they offer for example dental implants, orthodontics, etc, up to date news and events and even see who the staff members are.


An interviewer will look favourably on you if you have shown that you have taken an interest in the practice, for example, you could ask how their tooth whitening system works. Most dental practice websites have a team page where you can see who works at the practice along with their role, you may even see your interviewer’s profile which may show their dental experience and even perhaps their social interests. Asking them about their dog called Wally or their charity work, for example, will really build up a rapport and demonstrate how personable you are… a key skill for dental nursing!

3. The role itself

If you have been able to access a trainee dental nurse job description or completed an application form… have a think about how you match the skills and attributes required for the role beforehand, this will enable you to sell yourself and explain to the interviewer why you are perfect their practice in this role as a trainee dental nurse on your NEBDN diploma course.

 4. Fools rush in

Or so they say.. Be organised and give yourself plenty of time to prepare for and get to the interview. If you can, decide what you are going to wear the night before, have your documents and questions ready so that you can wake up without having lots of jobs to do before you have even left the house. Give yourself more time on the day to read over any questions you would like to ask etc and allow lots of time to get to your interview so that you arrive early and relaxed…which in turn, will make you feel more positive, confident and able to focus on the task in hand… securing that dream dental nursing job!

5. Fill up on positivity

On the day fill up on positivity to get you in the right frame of mind to believe in yourself.  Whether it’s reading an inspiring quote, looking at photographs of you achieving previous goals, reading encouraging messages from friends and family, getting a pep talk from a friend of family member….whatever give you that feel good factor… get your fix before your interview to help you feel relaxed and confident.

So what’s in a dental nursing course….?

So what’s in a dental nursing course….?

As a dental nurse, you will need skills in knowledge in various areas from patient support to cross infection control, anatomy to contemporaneous patient record keeping …

This is why the national diploma in dental nursing comprehensively covers all these areas and more to ensure you are prepared for a career in the ever-evolving, modern dental practice.

So what does the Lotus Dental Education NEBDN national diploma course consist of?

You will attend lectures, carry out a record of experience as a trainee dental nurse in a dental practice before sitting both a written and practical examination.

The record of experience will allow you to use the theoretical knowledge gained in course lectures and apply it real life practical duties in the surgery plus allow you to reflect on your role.

The course lecture time table and record of experience include:


Throughout the course you will take revision exams and review your progress throughout.

Towards the end of the course, the focus is on repairing the students for the written and practical exams with exam based scenarios practiced to ensure the students are fully prepared for the examinations.


For more information call: 020 7183 4608 or email:

Career options for dental nurses……

Completing your dental nurse training can be just the start of an exciting career, here are just some of the post graduate career options available to you as a qualified dental nurse with some further study and development…

Special care dentistry
Support patients, their families and carers when special requirements are required for dentistry provision due to
disability, impairment, mental health conditions or medical conditions.

Support patients who find dentistry challenging (including nervous patients) in sedation aided dentistry.

Oral Health Educator
Dental nurses can undertake training to become an oral health educator, directly communicating with
patients and teaching them the importance and application of oral hygiene techniques.

Orthodontic nursing
Orthodontic nursing can be very rewarding, assisting in the transformation of a patient’s smile over time. Orthodontics not only helps position the teeth of children and teenagers but is now an affordable cosmetic treatment option for patients of all ages wanting to transform their smile.

Dental Implant Nursing
Replacing missing teeth with dental implants can be a more desirable option to the patient than removable dentures
and bridge treatment. Now a routine surgical procedure in many general dental practices, the need for dental
implant nurses is at a premium.

Hospital Dental Nursing.
Maxillofacial procedures where sedation or general anaesthetic is required, including the removal of lower wisdom
teeth and orthodontic treatment are carried out in hospital to ensure the safety f the patient. Competent dental
nursing support is crucial to the success these procedures.

Extended Duties
A dental nurse with the appropriate training can carry out extended duties, taking more of a hands on approach to
clinical procedures including applying fluoride to the teeth and taking impressions. You may even have your own
patient diary!

Practice Manager
A dental nurse’s experience and skill sets make them excellent practice managers, overseeing the daily the running
of the practice in all clinical and non clinical operations.

Dental Hygienist

Your dental nursing diploma is an ideal foundation of skills and knowledge to aid further study to become a dental

Dental nurses have a unique insight into how dentistry works, this experience can be a huge advantage for university
selection for dentistry degrees course.

Armed forces
Dental nurses in the armed forces may progress to other roles including managers and further ranks while enjoying
the benefits of world travel, a pension and even sports and adventure training.

What does a dental nurse do?

If you’re thinking about a change in career, then perhaps dental nursing could be for you.

What does a typical day look like?

Life as a dental nurse is amazing, each day is different and there is plenty of scope to take your career as far as you want to. Dental professionals work closely as a team to provide the best possible service and care for their patients. This is why it is important for each practice to find the right people to fit their team. It is equally as vital for the individual to discover a practice where they will gel and feel comfortable.

A typical day for a dental nurse will involve greeting patients and making sure they feel reassured and at ease in the dental surgery. Each appointment will vary. Some patients will come in for simple check-ups. Others will attend for cosmetic dentistry consultations or more in-depth treatment such as dental implants or orthodontics.

The dental nurse is required to support the dentist in their work, ensuring that all tools, equipment and materials are to hand. This helps to provide efficient treatment for the patient. Some patients will feel nervous and the dental nurse can play a crucial role here, comforting them as required.

In addition, the dental nurse will also take notes for the dentist and update the patient’s records. They will also be responsible for the decontamination of instruments. In some cases, dental nurses will also help out on the reception desk too… There is never a dull moment in the day!

Career boosters

Being a dental nurse offers plenty of scope for those who are ambitious and want to further their career. There are lots of tasks within the dental practice that prove to be an interesting addition to the job role, and also help out the dental team as a whole. These include taking X-rays, taking impressions, clinical photography, dental implant nursing and orthodontic nursing.

While these tasks do require additional training, this is a great way to widen the skillset and find even more enjoyment from the role.

If this sounds interesting, get in touch with us today to start your journey into dental nursing!

NEBDN: Dental Nursing ROE Workshops! Only £29!

NEBDN: Dental Nursing ROE Workshops! Only £29!

** EXCITING NEWS ** We now offer NEBDN ROE workshops in London for anyone who needs that little extra help when completing their ROE (Record Of Experience).

Please call us to register your interest so we can let you know when the workshops take place.

The workshop is only £29.00. This is great value for anyone in need of extra guidance and support with the ROE process.

All Mentors, Witnesses, and Students are welcome too – reduced rate for any dental practice bookings too. Speak to us about it.

You can email or call us on 020 7183 4608

Dental Nurses: Basic Life Support Training – Only £19.95!

Dental Nurses: Basic Life Support Training – Only £19.95!

We are hosting a 2-hour workshop in Whitechapel London for anyone heading towards their NEBDN Diploma part 1 exam this November 2018.

It’s on the 5th of October from 7 pm onwards.

The cost is only £19.95 and we welcome all students from all colleges.

Please call us on 020 7183 4608 or email if you wish to attend.

Dental nurse training: Work placements

Dental nurse training: Work placements

Do you want to work with someone full of enthusiasm?
Would you enjoy mentoring someone who is eager to learn?
Do you need a new trainee dental nurse?

Remember that drive and determination you had at the very beginning of your career? It’s funny, as our career progresses we gain experience, but often that drive and vitality ebbs away.

At Lotus we have huge numbers of dental nurse trainees, who are right at the beginning of their career. Trainees may not have as much skill as a fully qualified nurse, but they make up for it with sheer enthusiasm.

Don’t believe me? Think that this is marketing spin? Check out these trainee nurses who have been on our course in the video below.

Their eagerness to learn and drive their career forward is infectious.

Who wouldn’t want to work with one of these people?

If you’d like to work with one of our dental trainees, even if it’s just for a trial period, drop us a line at or hit reply to this mail.