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03 Mar 2023

BADN Dental Nurse Recruitment & Retention Survey

British Association of Dental Nurses Stand: A29

The BADN Dental Nurse Recruitment & Retention Survey, conducted on behalf of Dr Debbie Reed RDN, former BADN Chair, Fellow of the College of General Dentistry (CGDent), and Director of Studies in Advanced and Specialist Healthcare and Course Director of the MSc in Advanced and Specialist Health in Global and Lifelong Learning  at the University of Kent, is now live.


“I am delighted to be working with BADN  - the professional body for dental nurses in the UK - on this survey” said Dr Reed “because it is essential to gain insight into the dental nurse community at this time of uncertainty, and to gather that insight taking an ethically approved, methodologically sound research approach.” 

“The aim of the study is to provide understanding, by establishing a body of knowledge about the current state of the RDN workforce within the UK from the perspective of RDNs.  As such, it is the intention to share the results of the study with the dental nurse community and associated stakeholders.  This information then can be used to inform decisions regarding the measures most appropriate when seeking to retain and encourage RDNs to continue to contribute as part of the dental workforce within the UK.  The questionnaire is anonymous, and I would urge all current and former dental nurses  to participate.”

The survey is open to all current Registered Dental Nurses, as well as those who have left the profession recently.  One of the aims of the survey is to find out why former RDNs have left the profession, and what could be done to persuade them to return.

The survey is available at 

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