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Laurens radiography 1

Back in March this year I started an online course for dental nurses in radiography. The course is run by the British Dental Association and is split into practical and theory modules.

Initially, the course is made up of some online lessons in which you can listen and take notes. Each lesson ranges in length from 40 minutes up to an hour and a half and you are able to download the important points from each one afterwards. The modules included lots of information from ionising radiation to practical skills to the components of an x-ray machine. I also got sent a book from which I could study from. I have to say I didn’t realise how much you could learn about dental radiography before this course

Once all of the online lessons were completed, we got given the guidelines for our practical portfolio. We had to take a number of x-rays under the supervision of a qualified member of staff. All of the staff here at Woodborough work very well as a team so everyone was really helpful trying to make sure I completed all of the x-rays I needed to. Cathy, our treatment co-ordinator, supervised me for most of the x-rays and I learnt a lot from her during this time.

I had to send my completed practical portfolio off in August and received notification that this was adequate by the 1st September. I applied to take the exam as soon as possible and it was scheduled for the 20th September at 10am. The exam was monitored online so I could do it from home. The morning of the exam I was quite nervous, you always feel as though you haven’t quite learnt enough! After I had taken it that morning, I felt so relieved and then had to wait just 2 weeks to receive the results.

On Friday 3rd October I am very pleased to say I received my results and have passed!!! I found studying alone quite difficult as I tend to learn much better from discussing things and asking questions. Finding the motivation to study without a teacher prompting you is also quite difficult so I’m very proud of myself for passing! I am now qualified to take x-rays, as prescribed by a dentist, unsupervised for patients. Who knows next time you come to Woodborough House it might be me taking your x-rays now!


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