A Registered Dental Hygienist at the VA Palo Alto Healthcare System(VAPAHCS) provides direct patient care under the general supervision of the dentist and performs other clinical and clerical functions independent of direct supervision. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to the following: Patient Care duties and responsibilities: Sets up operatory for planned dental procedure and cleans dental unit for timely turnover; Handles instruments safely, accurately, and efficiently; Provides routine oral prophylactic care to include application of fluoride solutions; Provides gross debridement, deep scaling, and curettage and root planning procedures; Cleans dental prostheses, fixed and removable; Manages dental recall system, referring patients to the doctor for additional care when needed; Makes impressions for fluoride carrier trays; Administers topical and local anesthetic agents; Accomplishes all procedures within standard infection control protocols; Performs oral cancer screening; Provides nutritional counseling with the goal of improving oral health and decreasing caries rate; Performs patient medical assessments. Patient Education Responsibilities: Provides patient education appropriate to the Veteran's needs and oral condition; Prepares and provides individual and group oral health care instructions to inpatients, outpatients, and caregivers; Provides diseases and treatment management recommendations; Provides behavior management and management of stable medically compromise patients, including risk factors. Dental Imagining Duties and Responsibilities: Images are characterized by diagnostic quality, accurately oriented and exposed; Dental imaging safety techniques are utilized, and retakes are minimized; Interprets radiographs and images. Infection Control and Equipment Sterilization Duties and Responsibilities: Demonstrates proper infection control procedures in setting up and cleaning up operatory; Instruments are properly prepared for sterilization by SPS standards; Instruments are prepared in a manner that does not delay clinical care; Demonstrates proper infection control procedures in exposing images; Demonstrates proper instruments sharpening. Clerical Responsibilities: Assists patients in scheduling appointments; Assists in filling gaps in the schedule due to late cancellations and failed appointments; Charts findings, treatment plans, and treatment provided in patient records; Assists with inter-service communication. Information Management Responsibilities: Maintains patient confidentiality per HIPAA with written and verbal information; Follows computer security regulations. Patient Safety Responsibilities: Modifies care as appropriate for patient's age and abilities; Provides accurate and understandable instructions to patients; Participates in patient identification and time out per TJC requirements; Monitors patient condition during treatment, being alert for signs of physical distress. Employee Education Responsibilities: Complies with employee education requirements; Completes mandatory annual safety training sessions; Prepares and presents monthly safety training to Dental Service staff.
Internal Number: 599471700
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Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.