Trying to make people enjoy going to the dentist is a high career aspiration, but Natasha Volpe thinks she can do it armed with her Certificate III in Dental Assisting.
Certificate III in Dental Assisting
Making a visit to the dentist just that little bit more pleasant and enjoyable was an idea that really appealed to me.
The biggest lesson I've learnt through studying this course is that everything you learn can be applied to a variety of different situations.
You don’t just learn about the elements of dental assisting like infection control, moisture control and assisting your clinician. There are components and virtues you can carry not just the healthcare sector, but everyday life: how to be caring and empathetic, how to manage and control conflict, and above all, general encounters with the public.
All of that comes out of RMIT's hands-on experience. Even though I was completing a non-trainee course I felt I was exposed to real scenarios and situations, and could confidently deal with real-life challenges. It also means you can apply what you’ve learnt straight away.
So far I have been surrounded by people with common goals and interests, making study a lot more enjoyable. Also, the friendships that I've made are strong enough to last for a lifetime.
In years to come I hope to be able to be as experienced and knowledgeable as my tutors so I can mentor aspiring dental nurses and inspire them to be the best dental nurses they can possibly be.