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Reflective practice: a learning tool for dental nurses

Reflective practice is a process which can contribute to improving patient care, directing learning, and influencing professional development. This article provides a brief introduction to reflective practice, describing what it is, and how, when and why it should be used

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Advancing practice in dental nursing. Part 1: key principles

This series of articles is designed to help you explore and develop your dental nursing practice. Future articles in the series will examine: setting objectives, maximising feedback, publication and conferences, developing leadership and supervision. The series article explores the motivation to adv

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A team approach to business planning and profitability

It is often said that, ‘Failing to plan is planning to fail.’ Business planning in a dental practice is important. Without sound analysis, clear projections, and well-thought out contingencies, practices tend to become hostages to fortune. This article outlines the team's involvement in setting a bu

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Key players in prevention encounters

This article describes how preventive encounters in dental practice can be most effective if each of the characters involved play their part. It describes the attitudes, knowledge and skills that an optimally effective clinical team need to have and what patients may bring to preventive encounters

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Critical appraisal to support evidence-based practice

Dental nurses must be able to select and appraise literature that is relevant to their field, and understand the implications of research findings. In this article, Maggie Nash provides a brief introduction to the critical appraisal (or critical reading) of published dental information and websites

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Teaching and learning. Part 4: mentoring

This series of articles is designed to help you explore teaching and learning. It examines your own personal learning and explores how you as a dental nurse may be called upon to teach others. The fourth article in this series discusses mentoring

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Teaching and learning. Part 2: Teaching clinical skills

This series of articles is designed to help you explore teaching and learning. It examines your own personal learning and explores how you as a dental nurse may be called upon to teach others. The second article in this series discusses how you can teach clinical skills

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Meeting GDC expectations with CPD fulfilment

This article is the second in a series of case studies illustrating the roles and responsibilities of the registered dental nurse. They will also describe the guidance that is available, and the steps and precautions necessary, to avoid the potential legal and ethical problems that will be discussed

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Teaching and learning. Part 1: Learning from textbooks

This series of articles is designed to help you explore teaching and learning. It examines your own personal learning and explores how you as a dental nurse may be called upon to teach others. The first article in this series discusses how you can learn from textbooks.

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Working as a DCP tutor

Is becoming a DCP tutor the career path for you? To help you decide, Corinne Tapsell outlines her role at the London Deanery

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The dental nurse's role and responsibilities: A case study

This article is the first in a series of case studies illustrating the role and responsibilities of the registered dental nurse. The articles in this series will also describe the guidance available, and the steps necessary, to avoid the legal and ethical problems that will be discussed

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Continuing professional development essentials

Next year, it will be five years since dental nurses first had to register with the General Dental Council, which means that they may have to demonstrate they have completed continuing professional development. Diane Bell sets out what this involves