I wake up at 6:30 am after my alarm goes. I take my breakfast with coffee and get ready for my busy day.
I get my dress and head off for work at 8:30 am.
After I reach work, I greet my colleagues.
Every day, we have our morning nurses meeting “huddle” at 9 am to have a conversation about the day and to resolve any issues of the day.
I enter my surgery at 9:15 am. I switch on the lights of the surgery and get my day list from reception. I wear my PPE correctly and do hand wash. Then, I set my surgery for the day; checking the lab works, preparation of instrument trays, making sure of stocks in the room, flushing the lines, cleaning the surface and getting all of the dental materials out.
I also help the other dental nurses organising the decontamination room to carry out the day’s sterilisation processes and filling various clinical logs.
At 9:30 am, I collect my first patients from the waiting room after I and my dentist are ready for the treatment. There are some emergency sessions also where any patients come with pain and wait to see the Dentists. It is the responsibility of a dental nurse to assist and help to the dentist as much as possible to provide dental treatment during the patient’s appointment time and minimize the waiting time for the patient.
After the morning session, I had made my surgery ready for the afternoon session. Our lunchtime is 1 pm- 2 pm which is a good time to have a conversation with colleagues about the clinical works of the day.
At 2 pm, our afternoon session starts and get ready to see the patients. In – between patients, the Dentist always finishes off the notes of patients. I make sure that the surgery is tidy and well disinfected. I sterilize my instruments and flush the waterlines after every patient. For sterilization of instrument, all the instruments go through proper stages of the cleaning process following cross-contamination and infection control guidelines.
We finish all of the patient appointments by 5 pm. At the end of the day, all the dental nurses close down the surgery room. We dispose of all clinical waste, stock up for the next day, fill the clinical logs, sterilize all the dirty instruments, disinfect the work surfaces, flush the dental lines and turn off the lights and compressors.
We get ready to go home by 6 pm after all of us have finished the work of the day. After work, we have tired feeling but also happy that we have really worked hard to make the day successful.
So in summary, a day in the life of a Dental Nurse is very productive as we get to do amazing work with our dental family. I learned to do multitask, work in a team and to remain calm under pressure by being a dental nurse.