7 GDC Standards

7  GDC Standards

Multiple choice questions

1. A patient attends the dental surgery with a fractured upper left first molar tooth, which requires treatment. The patient has come straight from his place of work and is still wearing his work overalls, and confirms that he is a dustman. The dentist advises the patient to have the tooth extracted and does not mention the option of crowning the tooth. Which one of the following GDC Standard key principles has the dentist failed to follow?

(a) Be trustworthy
(b) Cooperate with others
(c) Protect patient confidentiality
(d) Put patients’ interests first
(e) Respect patients’ dignity and choices
2. Over a 5-year cycle, the dental nurse must complete a minimum of 50 hours of verifiable Continuing Professional Development, including set minimum hours in ‘core subjects’. Which one of the following is not a ‘core subject’?

(a) Complaints handling
(b) Infection control
(c) Medical emergencies
(d) Radiological protection
(e) Reception and management
3. One of your dental nurse colleagues tells you that she is concerned that another nurse appears to be taking shortcuts with infection control procedures, and is not following the workplace policy correctly. Which one of the following GDC Standards would you refer to for guidance in addressing the issue?

(a) Delegation
(b) Registration
(c) Relationships
(d) Reporting
(e) Responsibility
4. In some situations, a dental nurse may be unsure whether a colleague’s actions or omissions are serious enough to raise a concern. Which one of the following organisations specifically provides confidential advice on these types of issues?

(a) Business Services Authority
(b) Care Quality Commission
(c) Health and Safety Executive
(d) Healthcare Commission
(e) Public Concern at Work
5. The practice manager has asked you to start recording the hours you spend reading dental journals. She correctly believes that this record will help you in your future career once you have passed your exam. Which one of the following GDC Standards is she referring to?
(a) Delegation
(b) Registration
(c) Relationships
(d) Reporting
(e) Responsibility
6. A registered dental nurse has been asked to attend a Basic Life Support course, with the objective of obtaining a certificate of competence in this topic. Which one of the following GDC Standards is most relevant to this attendance?

(a) Be trustworthy
(b) Cooperate with team members
(c) Maintain professional knowledge
(d) Protect confidentiality
(e) Respect patients’ dignity and choices
7. Over a 5-year cycle, the dental nurse must complete a minimum of 50 hours of verifiable Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Which one of the following is an acceptable form of verifiable CPD?

(a) Attendance at staff meeting
(b) Completion of appraisal
(c) Reading dental journals
(d) Reading dental textbooks
(e) Sitting an examination
8. One of your dental nurse colleagues has several years experience of working in a busy dental practice and has expressed an interest in taking on the role of dental nurse manager. This will involve the organisation and planning of the work practices of the dental nurses. Which one of the following GDC Standards is most likely to apply to this situation?

(a) Delegation
(b) Registration
(c) Relationships
(d) Reporting
(e) Responsibility
9. If a dental nurse believes that another team member’s actions may put a patient at risk, he or she has a duty to raise a concern. Which one of the following GDC Standard key principles does this relate to?

(a) Be trustworthy
(b) Cooperate with other team members
(c) Protect patient confidentiality
(d) Put patients’ interests first
(e) Respect patients’ dignity and choices
10. When a dental nurse has raised a concern about a serious matter, he or she is protected from retaliation in some circumstances under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998. Which one of the following states a circumstance where this protection will not apply?

(a) Acting in good faith
(b) Allegation involves a crime
(c) Believe the allegation to be true
(d) Will gain personally from the outcome
(e) Working outside the NHS
11. A compulsory aspect of registered dental nurses’ professional work is to regularly update their knowledge. This is called Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and is either verifiable or non-verifiable. Which one of the following is not necessary for CPD to be verifiable?

(a) Attendance at an event
(b) Certification
(c) Record of hours
(d) Record of participation
(e) Stated learning outcomes
12. A key aspect to the successful working of the dental team is for the majority of patients to be seen by a dentist for a full mouth assessment first, before possibly referring on to another team member. Which one of the following treatments can be provided without the input of a dentist first?

(a) Cementing of a crown
(b) Extraction of a deciduous tooth
(c) Placement of a temporary filling
(d) Provision of full dentures
(e) Taking of a radiograph
13. It is sometimes appropriate to raise concerns about some issues at a local level, for example with an employer or the Primary Care Trust. However, some issues should be raised directly with the General Dental Council. Which one of the following />

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Jan 8, 2015 | Posted by in Dental Nursing and Assisting | Comments Off on 7 GDC Standards
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