What skills do I need? Your duties in the surgery will consist of a large number of practical procedures. So you need to be the type of person to carry these out efficiently, once you are trained. There are, of course, important requirements, that of sterilising the instruments correctly, and disinfecting and cleaning the surgery. So it is vital, that you are the type of person who will carry out all these duties to the highest standards. Some dental nurses work on reception. Here you will require communication skills, and accuracy, so that appointments are made correctly. Both in the surgery and on reception, you must be “good with people” and be able to relate to their needs and problems.