Orlagh Petticrew

BSc Dental Practice Management with Oral Health Promotion & Higher Certificate in Science with Dental Nursing.

As a mature student I had an interest in oral health and wanted a career pathway with regular hours but was rewarding and also a challenge. Looking for a recognised certified approved qualification I studied at Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) for three years full time from 2012-2015.

Through my studies I was awarded the inaugural Patricia Kearney Memorial Award for 2013-2014. This was awarded for my work in oral health promotion, voluntarily organizing of events for patients with chronic conditions such as Diabetes along with academic achievements attained. Being a good listener and student advocate within the college all lead to my successful achievement upon qualification.

As the first recipient of this award being a Dental Nurse promoting the profession,  I am extremely proud adopting and using her ethos in working with students, encouraging them to constantly improve and enjoy their chosen career.

My particular area of expertise is in oral health promotion. I have a keen interest in patients with chronic conditions and micro vascular changes that effect the periodontal system. I have a keen interest in education which I aim to develop more skills with further studies and experience.

As part of my own development, I would like to study for a diploma in education along with a practical course in radiography or sedation.

Currently I am Education Officer for IDNA. I have held this particular role for two years now having previously fulfilled other roles during my time on the committee since joining in 2015.

Part of my role involves getting out to the training institutions, constantly meeting students, tutors and nurses alike  always promoting the values of  our organization offering assistance  development and supports that are  available.

I endeavour to be an active member of the IDNA, showing how us as an organization are passionate to assist qualified Dental Nurses and students alike, promoting, developing and educating for the future of our profession.

Dental nurses need to be adaptable, cope with pressure and plan ahead .Self educate by reading dental journals, attend conferences, scientific lectures and taking an active role in training when offered.

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Orlagh Petticrew

Education Officer


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