The Dental Hygienist (Advanced Clinical) will serve as part of the New Mexico VA Health Care System Dental Service. Dental Hygienists plan, coordinate and conduct preventive oral health programs for various patient groups, caregivers, and healthcare providers. Incumbent provides direct patient care under the general supervision of the dentist and performs other clinical and clerical functions independently of direct supervision. The major duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to: Sets up operatory for planned dental procedure and cleans dental unit for timely turnover. Provides routine oral prophylactic care to include application of fluoride solutions. Provides gross debridement, scaling and root planning procedures. Cleans dental prostheses, fixed and removable. Manages dental recall system, referring patients to the doctor for additional care when needed. Dental imaging safety techniques are utilized, and retakes are minimized. Imagining request are accomplished with in desired time frame and accomplished according to service protocol. Demonstrates proper infection control procedures in setting up and cleaning up operatory. Assists in filling gaps in the schedule due to late cancellations and failed appointments. Maintains patient confidentiality per HIPAA with written and verbal information. Monitors patient (BP, pulse, pulse oximeter) condition. Takes patients vital signs through operation of vital sign monitor; records patients vital signs appropriately in CPRS. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 7:00 am - 3:30 pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Internal Number: 599898000
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