March 18, 2020

This month’s Crowning Careers spotlight is on Hannah Grieves, an NEBDN course provider, who shares her journey from Dental Nurse to Development Manager.

My career in dentistry started as a trainee Dental Nurse with a small independent practice back in 2005. I qualified with NEBDN in 2006 and went on to gain my Fluoride Application certificate. I always had a passion for dental nurse training and soon began training all new dental nurses within the practice and supporting with their qualifications. Seeing them develop into confident qualified dental nurses gave me such a buzz.

The practice was eventually sold to a corporate company in 2014. This opened a whole world of opportunities for me. A role was soon advertised for a Patient Care Trainer to cover the area of 12 practices, I didn’t hesitate to apply for it. I was successful in the application and I enjoyed the role for four months. I travelled to the practices and inducted the new trainee dental nurses and managed their training.

Eventually a job became available in the area for a dual site practice manager. I applied for it and leading up to the interview I spent my spare time learning elements of the role, reading up on CQC manager registration and doing anything that would help me on the day. I was offered the role and honestly it was one of the best moments of my career.

I began my journey with {my}dentist in 2016, when I relocated to the North East and was offered two wonderful practices to manage. In 2017 the role of Dental Nurse Trainer for the North East & Scotland was advertised by the Academy team and I didn’t hesitate to apply. After being in the role for nine months I was asked to take on the role of Regional Training Partner, were I was involved in the delivery of workshops for Practice Managers. Alongside this the Academy enrolled me onto a Learning and Development level 3 qualification, which I completed at the end of 2018.

I took over the role of Dental Nurse Development Manager for {my}dentist in October 2018 and I must say it’s the job I have the most passion for. The role is brand new to the business and I was over the moon to be given this opportunity. It combines my love of training and developing dental nurses with managing a team. I am now also an examiner for NEBDN, which I really enjoy doing and find very rewarding. I would recommend this to any qualified dental nurses who have a passion for training and supporting trainees.

Since joining the academy, I have never looked back. We are a fantastic team, and everyone is so passionate about learning and development. {my}dentist really does support the development of their employees and I couldn’t be prouder to work for them.

Dental nursing has always had my heart, and to anyone reading this I hope I have inspired you to take opportunities and develop. If I can do it so can you.

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Written by
Jade Monori