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. Duties includes but are not limited to: a. 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. Ability to answer patient and family questions about dental eligibility. b. Patient Care Reviews medical/dental history and consults medical/dental providers as necessary. Sets up operatory for planned dental procedure and cleans dental unit for timely turnover and always adheres to universal precautions. Handles instruments safely, accurately, and efficiently. Provides routine oral prophylactic care to include application of fluoride solutions and resins. Provides gross debridement, scaling and root planning procedures, mechanical and laser curettage procedures as indicated and with equipment availability. Cleans dental prostheses; fixed and removable. Manages dental recall system as directed by management. Applies desensitizing and sealant materials, and sulcular antibiotics and antimicrobials per direction of dentist. Makes impressions for fluoride carrier trays, study models and night guards. Administers topical and local anesthetic agents. Monitors dental assistant polishing as necessary. Accomplishes periodontal probing as necessary. Accomplishes all procedures within standard infection control protocols. Provides dental assisting duties as necessary. Provides local anesthesia as necessary. c. Patient Education Provides patient education appropriate to the Veteran's needs and oral conditions. Prepares and provides individual and group oral health care instruction to inpatients, outpatients, and caregivers. d. Dental Imaging Images are characterized by diagnostic quality, accurately oriented and exposed using digital intra-oral radiography, panoramic image, and working knowledge of the digital systems. Planmeca, Midmark, and MIPACS Software. Dental imaging safety techniques are utilized. e. Infection Control and Equipment Sterilization Demonstrates proper infection control procedures in setting up/cleaning the operatory and delivery of care. Instruments are prepared in a manner that does not delay clinical care. Demonstrates proper infection control procedures in exposing images. Follows clinic SOP for cleaning and disinfecting reusable medical equipment. f. Clerical Functions Assists patients in selecting appointments for both hygiene and other dental procedures. Assists in filling gaps in the schedule due to late cancellations and failed appointments. Charts findings, treatment plans, and treatment provided in Dental Record Manager Plus ability to utilize VA computer system to retrieve information pertinent to patient's care on a daily basis. g. Information Management Maintains patient confidentiality per HIPAA with written and verbal information. 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 Joint Commission requirements. Monitors patient condition during treatment, being alert for signs of physical distress. i. Employee/Patient Education Complies with Employee Education requirements. Completes mandatory annual safety training sessions. Complete biennial OSHA infection control training and Healthcare Provider CPR. Completes required continuing education requirements to maintain dental hygiene license. Skill in providing individual and group oral health care instructions to patients and other staff. regarding the practice of effective oral hygiene techniques. Skill in presenting oral hygiene lectures and demonstrations, and developing training materials. Serves as a member of various local and/or national committees focusing on patient education. Eg, the facility Patient Health Education Committee and/or the National Dental Allied Health Education Subcommittee, performing monthly chart reviews, preparing educational materials including dental hygiene month, annual VA Health Fair and in-service training. Work Schedule: Monday-Saturdays 07:00am-19:30pm (Compress schedule) Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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.