Seizing career development opportunities with Rodericks
Career progression offers many advantages to the modern dental nurse. Not only does it improve job satisfaction and therefore creates a better place to work, but it also helps people fulfil their professional ambitions.
Dental nurses have been unsure about the career pathways open to them, as well as ways they might adapt/build on their skills and transfer them to different roles in the dental team. The pandemic has also created additional challenges in adapting to changes required to keep colleagues and patients safe.
According to the GDC’s Scope of Practice, the role of a dental nurse includes a wide range of responsibilities, including preparing and maintaining the clinical environment, handling bio-materials, providing chairside support to clinicians, keeping records, maintaining equipment, processing radiographs, monitoring and reassuring patients and much more.
Of particular importance for many nurses has been their new role as team leader in infection prevention and control, helping dental practices work within new regulatory guidelines and protocols.
At Rodericks, we have had a huge degree of success with our career pathways. Dental nurses need only speak to their practice managers to establish a development plan specifically tailored to help them fulfil their career ambitions.
From supporting trainee and apprentice dental nurses through their qualification and GDC registration, to those looking for postgraduate courses in additional skills such as fluoride application, oral health and impression taking, we are there for them. We are also accredited to deliver training in dental radiography.
Rodericks has guided many dental nurses along their pathway into a variety of other roles from lead dental nurses to dental hygienists, therapists, practice managers, area support managers, clinical and compliance support roles, recruitment business partners and heads of departments. Our Chief Operations Officer began her career as a dental nurse.
We provide an extensive network of professionals who support our dental nurses, including a dedicated dental nurse training team and a wider development team who organise internal training. There is a real family-feel to Rodericks, which makes people more comfortable when talking about the support they need to thrive in their chosen career.
Rodericks’ open door approach means that once you have identified the aspects of your role that you enjoy the most, you can actively plan for your future. This could mean recognising a passion for implantology or perhaps direct patient contact roles such as fluoride application or taking impressions, or it might highlight your talent for managing colleagues.
You simply consider how you could develop your role to do more of what you love, seek our training courses where appropriate and speak to colleagues to see how they progressed in their careers. Their first-hand experiences will be invaluable when choosing your next steps towards reaching your goals.
Speak with your practice manager about flexible working hours, or ask if there might be funding opportunities or events that could support your development. At Rodericks we believe it is essential that you have the right support to help you on your way. This could include everything from help at home to rearrange childcare or other commitments, to encouragement at work and the willingness of colleagues to cover any work that you need assistance with.
Think about where you want to be in one, three- or five-years’ time. With the right support and motivation from Rodericks’ we can help you plan how you’re going to get there.
Left to right: Ashley Lillyman, Head of Recruitment, Emily Gibbons, Recruitment Business Partner, and Tracey Rodgers, Clinical Education and Development Manager for Rodericks Dental.