Last updated at 09:37, Thursday, 22 January 2009
A YOUNG health care professional has progressed from being a dental practice receptionist to a dental nurse.
Michaela Black is a qualified dental nurse who works at Fountain Street Dental Practice in Ulverston.
The 19-year-old successfully completed her training through Furness College’s dental cadet scheme.
Michaela, from Ulverston, became interested in training to be a dental nurse while working on the reception at a Barrow dentists.
She joined the cadetship which is a two year apprenticeship programme.
The teenager worked as a trainee dental nurse at the Ulverston surgery four days a week and spent one day at the Barrow college completing the coursework for an NVQ in oral healthcare dental nursing Level Three.
Michaela gained her NVQ and also passed her exams to achieve the National Certificate in Dental Nursing.
Her surgery duties include assisting dentists in surgery, making sure patients are comfortable, sterilising instruments and preparation of dental materials.
Michaela said: “I enjoy working as a dental nurse. I work with a good team who all get on.
“I think the cadetship is a good way to learn. The practical side is so good, you learn so much working in surgery. You have a day at college doing your coursework, learning the theory and having talks.
“I’d recommend it to others.”
Dental nurses undertake further training to become dental hygienists or dental therapists.
This September Furness College will offer the NHS healthcare cadet scheme for 16 to 18 year olds. This is for young people who are enthusiastic about a career available in the wide range of roles in the NHS or care sector.
The cadets are in college two days a week working towards an NVQ in Care Levels two and three with key skills and a technical certificate.
They are on placement two days a week in a variety of healthcare settings, working under the supervision of a mentor.
These may include wards and departments at hospitals, primary care trusts, and private and voluntary healthcare facilities.
Cadets will get the chance to experience different placements so that by the end of the programme they will have a good idea of the range of career and progression options.
Possible careers paths may include paediatric nurse, occupational therapist, ambulance technician, chiropodist, dental hygienist, physiotherapist, practice manager, dermatologist, social worker, mental health nurse or a speech therapist.
Young people who are interested in the cadetship should contact Furness College for an application form. Those who are interested will be invited to a cadet open day.
First published at 09:35, Thursday, 22 January 2009
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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