Pay for dental nurses

Pay for dental nurses

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Charlotte Harris started this petition to General Dental Council

Dental nurses are qualified and registered professionals who spend a few years at college studying anatomy of the face, we have to learn facial and knock muscles and nerves along with basic radiology also we learn about other parts of the body relevant to our job, we have to take CPR course incase we unlucky enough to encounter a medical emergency,  we can take additional courses so we can take X-rays, impressions and apply Floride, a high percentage of the time we pay for these courses ourself and our pay will stay the same, we also pay a yearly fee to be registered as professional along with 50 hours of professional development and which isn’t cheap when you add it all up, our pay does not reflect this additional cos and most of us don’t complain and just carry on as we love our jobs and put a lot of time effort and learning to be where we are! A dentist does go to uni for 5 years and I can understand why they recieve what they do but nurses are chair side and prepare the surgery for treatments and maintain a sterile environment, we great patients and are mainly the ones to comfort them, hold their hand and reassure them they are in safe hands! A clinic would not run without nurses! We sit buy watching the dentist buy expensive car big houses and live comfortable in the upper clas life style, sending their kids to private school and going on luxury holidays!! While we drive banged up second hand cars and struggle to pay mortgages if we are lucky enough to be able to save for a mortgage, we live day by day just like people in non professional jobs even tho we are at high risk of infection, we also see the amount of money made when private treatment is carried out knowing it is not going to reflect in our pay, I have seen many nurses leaving the profession as the feel under valued, the pay doesn’t reflect the risk and they can do a less demanding job for the same money! I believe it’s time employers and the gcd realised our value, risk and input to a smooth running happy practice and put a fair and reasonable minimum pat for dental nurses, some nurse are still being paid just under minimum wage and have been qualified for years.. I’m not suggesting any amount for pay but I do believe our wage should account for all our additional cost and make us feel appreciated for our hard work amd the risk we face, yes a dentist had been to uni for 5 years to learn how to treat a tooth but we are the ones preparing tiding and assisting, we are like PA’s but with a high risk of infection! Some people say we are glorified cleaners but we are the foundation to the practices, we hold things together, calm situations and make sure we have sterile surgery’s making sure infection control, a lot of practices also take on vt’s meaning the dentist is fresh out of uni amd the nurse will advise and help a lot more than a dentist with years of experience meaning not only are we doing our everyday job but we are now being more aware and Causious as we are observing and monitoring to advise and assist with something we have not spent 5 years in uni studying! I just think we should be noticed and a knowledge for all the work we do!! 
I also feel a lot of practices would see a difference in the mentality of nurses if the pay was better, I go to and work clean skirting boards and get on my hands and knees to remove wax and things from the floors, because that’s just me but if more nurses felt valued In Reflection of pay I have no doubt every nurse would do the same amd have more pride in their surgery!! 

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