200 RDNs Wanted for Job Satisfaction Research Study

200 RDNs Wanted to Complete Job Satisfaction Study

University of Wolverhampton post-grad student Paul Duffy is looking for 200 RDNs to complete a study on job satisfaction as part of his   MSc in Occupational Psychology research.  A summary of Paul’s study is given below – if you would like to take part, contact Paul at the address below.

“Proposal: Dental Nurses, Are They Satisfied With Their Careers?

A very heated topic of debate nationally is the salary received by Dental Nurses (BDJ Team, 2016). Unlike most nursing professions, there is no large scope of employment for Dental Nurses within organisations such as the NHS therefore, they are for the majority, employed by private practices – who can pay as little as National Minimum Wage to their staff, including Dental Nurses (Stirrup, 2016). In 1999, Gibson, Freeman and Ekins found that Dental Nurses were, broadly speaking, dissatisfied with their jobs. Economic dependence, one social label that they applied, is descriptive of how dependent the Dental Nurse is on the Dentist’s income – something which is just as relevant today. In 2012 Turner, Ross and Ibbetson reported that over 50% of Dental Nurses are not satisfied with their career, with over 20% showing the intent to leave. Turner et al., also commented that Dental Nurses did not feel any benefit from the introduction of registration in 2008 and that their career, role and status had not changed.

Based on the above and the noted concerns of many Dental Nurses regarding job satisfaction, the intended research will examine the relationship between salary and job satisfaction, and whether other variables such as job fit affect the relationship. To examine this, a sample of 200 Registered Dental Nurses is required to take part in an online study which will be active from late February 2017 and run until August 2017.  The resulting report will shed light on important questions concerning Dental Nurses and Job Satisfaction, adding to the community’s voice and lead to further impactful research.

If you have questions or wish to take part, do not hesitate to contact me at .”

BDJ Team. Why are dental nurse salaries so low? (2016). Bdj Team, 3, 16152. Retrieved from
Gibson, B., Freeman, R., & Ekins, R. (1999). The role of the dental nurse in general practice. British dental journal, 186(5), 159-161.
Strirrup, C. (2016). Dental nurses are paid no more than shop assistants. Bdj Team, 3, 16115. Retrieved from
Turner, S., Ross, M. K., & Ibbetson, R. J. (2012). The impact of General Dental Council registration and continuing professional development on UK dental care professionals:(1) dental nurses. British dental journal, 213(2), E2-E2.


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