Dental Hygienist at this level serve as staff dental hygienists within corporate Tampa VA at the full performance level, receiving little to no guidance from more experienced staff members for more complex patient issues, and require general supervision. The Dental Hygienist provides direct patient care under the general supervision of the dentist and performs other clinical and clerical functions independently of direct supervision. Customer Service Shows courtesy, respect, and a positive attitude for patients, co-workers and the public Provides assistance to customers with questions or concerns, provides service recovery b. Patient Care Sets up operatory for planned dental procedure and cleans dental unit for timely turnover Orders MAS orders for purposes of scheduling appointments for prophylaxis and/or follow-up appointments to the dentists for continuation of care. Handles instruments safely, accurately, and efficiently Provides routine oral prophylactic care to include application of fluoride solutions Provides gross debridement, deep 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 Applies desensitizing and sealant materials Makes impressions for fluoride carrier trays Administers topical anesthetic agents Accomplishes all procedures within standard infection control protocols c. Patient Education Provides patient education appropriate to the veteran's needs and oral condition Prepares and provides individual and group oral health care instruction to inpatients, outpatients, and caregivers d. Dental Imaging Ordering radiology orders in order to take digital radiographs Images are characterized by diagnostic quality, accurately oriented and exposed Dental imaging safety techniques are utilized, and retakes are minimized e. Infection Control and Equipment Sterilization Demonstrates proper infection control procedures in setting up and cleaning up operatory Instruments are properly prepared for sterilization by SPD standards Instruments are prepared in a manner that does not delay clinical care Demonstrates proper infection control procedures in exposing images. Incumbent will complete all documentation in accordance with facility policy and is responsible for proper use, cleaning, and documentation of pertinent reusable medical equipment in accordance with medical center policies. f. Clerical Functions Assists in filling gaps in the schedule due to late cancellations and failed appointments Charts findings, treatment plans, and treatment provided in patient records Perform additional administrative and clerical duties assigned by the Chief of Dental Services g. Information Management Maintains patient confidentiality per HIPAA with written and verbal information Follows computer security regulations h. Patient Safety Modifies care as appropriate for patient's age and abilities (patient transfer and position) Provides accurate and understandable instructions to patients Participates in patient identification and time out per JCAHO requirements Monitors patient condition during treatment, being alert for signs of physical distress i. Employee Education Complies with Employee Education requirements Completes mandatory annual safety training sessions Prepares and presents monthly Safety Training to Dental Service Staff j. Performs Other Duties as Assigned Those duties that are done less than 10% of the time. Promotion Potential: Not Applicable Work Schedule: 8:00AM - 4:30PM Compressed/Flexible: Not Available. Telework: Not Available. Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Applicable Financial Disclosure Report: Not required.
Internal Number: 599628200
About Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
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.