The outstanding contricution in dental nursing award 2013 has been won by Joan Hatchard.
Presented by outgoing BADN president – Nichola Docherty – at the national dental nursing conference at the NEC in Birmingham, Nichola said: 'It is a great pleasure to give this award to someone like Joan who has done so much for dental nursing over many years’. Joan said: ‘I couldn’t believe it when I heard the news. I am so thrilled. The Conference is always an exciting event, and to be part of it in such a way, was the best moment of my career’.
Having gained her initial dental nursing qualification in 1988, Joan then achieved several additional qualifications; dental sedation nursing, dental radiography and oral health education. In 1989 her role expanded to include teaching dental nurses. As well as teaching, she is a national examining board for dental nurses examiner for both the NEBDN Diploma and oralhealth education qualifications. To add to her busy work schedule, she also assists in dental forensic identifications, writing down clinical charting and notes, taking photographs and assisting in administrative matters.