I never dreamed about doing the job which I’m doing at the moment. I never thought that I would be able to do it, but when the opportunity came I decided to take the challenge to prove to myself that I’m capable of being a Dental Nurse.
Being Polish and living in a foreign country made the process a little bit more difficult for me, at the beginning I struggled to complete my NVQ, I also failed my exams few times but I didn’t give up.
In the end it all paid off, because I’m one of those lucky people who get to work in a role that they really enjoy and love what they are doing.
I have been working as a dental nurse for nearly 5 years now. I have started my journey at a different Dental Practice and saw an opportunity arise as a nurse at probably the best practice in the whole Cheshire – The Old Surgery Dental Practice.
So far this is the best team I have ever worked with. Everyone at our practice has a positive attitude and that is what makes us a great team.
We work as a team, we help and support each other by sharing responsibility, and that makes us a successful team.
The Polish community in Crewe is really big. At the moment the number of just Polish workers living here is estimated at 6000.
At The Old Surgery Practice, which is one of the biggest practice in the town, we often see patients who are Polish and who in many cases don’t speak English at all.
For my colleagues talking to Polish patients who have limited English they can be challenging at times, and this is where everyone’s unique skills and strengths help us to achieve a shared goal in the most effective way.
This is where my unique skill comes in to play and I can contribute to the team by acting as interpreter because I can speak fluent Polish.
I’m always happy to help. My role as a dental nurse is not only to work closely with a dentist, but also provide help to patient throughout their visit and care for their needs.
Polish patients who don’t speak English well, will need more care and support than others. In each case it’s important that patients clearly understand what is happening and what help we can provide.
I always treat patients as if they were my family members, I’m trying to use language they understand to provide great costumer service, build their confidence and make them feel as relaxed as possible.
Being able to help patients who struggle with their English is very rewarding and it makes me feel valuable part of the team.
I’m happy I can help and support my Polish community.
Patient comfort at our practice is our priority. It is very important for us to create lasting relationships and trust with our patients.
There is a Chinese saying that goes “ If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime help somebody.”
Happiness is found in helping others , I’m very proud of what I’m doing and I’m looking forward to many more years being a dental nurse.