The incumbent performs a wide range of intra-oral dental procedures and provides chairside assistance in the clinic and operating room setting. Aids both dentists, assistants, and hygienists. Performs reversible intraoral procedures associated with various phases of restorative, prosthodontic and maxillofacial prosthetic, periodontal, endodontic, orthodontic, and surgery procedures. Maintains dental equipment in a clean and operative condition. Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. Experience and Education: You must meet one of the following basic requirements. Experience. Six months experience that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the work, or provides familiarity with the work. OR Education. Successful completion of a 1-year dental assistant program accredited by the American Dental Association's Commission on [Dental] Accreditation [(CODA)]. OR Experience/Education Combination. Equivalent combinations of experience and education are qualifying. Certification of Radiologic Competence. Public Law 97-35 requires that persons who administer radiologic procedures meet the credentialing standards in 42 CFR Part 75. You must have successfully completed an educational program that meets or exceeds the standards and is accredited by an organization recognized by the Department of Education, and be certified as radiographers in their field through one of the following: (a) Successful completion of the Dental Radiation Health and Safety Examination administered by the Dental Assisting National Board, Inc.; OR, (b) Successful completion of the Principles and Practice of Dental Radiology and Radiographic Safety courses and examinations developed by the Assistant Under Secretary for Health for Dentistry. OR, (c) Successful completion of a radiation health and safety program or examination approved by a state board of dentistry or the Department of Defense (DoD). Certification by the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB). (The American Dental Association (ADA) recognizes DANB as the national certification for Dental Assistants.) English Language Proficiency. A candidate will not be appointed under authority of 38 U.S.C. chapters 73 or 74, to serve in a direct patient-care capacity in VHA who is not proficient in written and spoken English. See chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a, this part. May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria). Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met. GS-7 Lead Dental Assistant Experience. In addition to meeting the basic requirements, you must also have one year of experience equivalent to the GS-6 level that demonstrates the core competencies described at that level. Assignments at this level include but are not limited to: responds to basic medical emergencies; measures and records vital signs; provides pre- and postoperative instructions; maintains a field of operation during dental procedures through the use of retraction, suction, irrigation, drying, placing and removing cotton rolls; using the concepts of fourhanded dentistry, assists with basic restorative procedures; mixes basic dental materials; assists in preparation of laboratory prescription forms; applies pressure indicator paste to removable prostheses; exposes and processes basic dental radiographs; mounts and labels dental radiographs and/or saves digital imaging to electronic medical records; evaluates radiographs for diagnostic quality; maintains routine dental equipment per manufacturer and dental service standards. In addition, you must demonstrate the following technical KSAs: Skill in coordinating clinical workflow and assignments Ability to assist in dental program development, outcome management, and strategic planning Skill in acting as liaison between staff dental assistants and the supervisor Ability to provide professional oversight and consultation for staff dental assistants References: VA Handbook 5005/46, Part II, Appendix G36. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-7. Physical Requirements: Long periods of standing, walking, sitting, and bending are required. Pushing dental instrumentation and equipment on a cart down hallways and into elevators are necessary in order to deliver items to the central sterilization area within the medical center. It is necessary to climb onto lifts in order to retrieve or store supplies, or to help the dentist carry out a surgical or dental procedure. Lifting of patients from gurneys or wheelchairs into the dental chair is required in order to position them for radiographs or dental examination and treatment. ["Duties include but not limited to: Create work schedules to distribute and balance the workload among dental assistants in accordance with established workflow or job specialization, assure timely accomplishment of the assigned workload, and assure that each dental assistant is working at full capacity. Coordinate and integrate the work activities and resources of dental assistants, including tracking of dental consults. Plan and adjust work operations; make day-to-day adjustments in accordance with established priorities; solve problems that may arise, meet changing or emergency program or production requirements within available resources and with minimum sacrifice of quantity or quality of work. Instruct dental assistants in specific tasks and job techniques and make available written instructions, reference materials and supplies. Interview dental assistant job applicants as a member of the Selection Committee. Give job training to new dental assistants in accordance with established procedures and practices. Check on work in progress, spot check work not requiring review (e.g., instrument preparation, operatory preparedness) and review completed work to see that dentists' instruction on work sequence, procedures, methods, and deadlines have been met. Amend or reject work not meeting established standards. Act on performance, progress, and training needs of dental assistants. Manage various tracking spreadsheets and file timely reports for the Invasive Procedure Report, Waterline Maintenance, BLS/ACLS, Management Briefing, implant (Track Core), Work Orders, PIV Sponsoring, CPRC requests, SEP-G requests, and other equipment request. Help develop and manage other tracking systems for other issues which may develop within the Dental Service. Monitor working conditions such as seating, ventilation, lighting, safety, adherence of dental clinic facility to infection control standards, etc. Inform dental assistants of available services and employee activities. Inform dental assistants about provisions of personnel management programs such as equal opportunity action plans, leave and overtime policies, award and incentive systems, grievance procedures and safety practices.. Coordinates Dental Assistant Continuing Education Programs, selecting consultants to be utilized, reviewing material to be covered, scheduling appropriate time, and submitting the program for authorization to the Chief, Dental Service. Monitor for compliance and keep records of required Continuing Dental Education (CDE) for dental assistants with RDA and/or CDA qualifications. Serve as the Dental Service Contracting Officer's Technical Representative (COTR). Annually review the contract(s) and report to the Medical Center Contracting Officer. Responsible for recognition of outstanding performance, and personnel needs. Responsible at Dental Service Chief request to represent the Dental Service at various committees including but not limited to, infection control, x-ray safety, SPS management, RME Committee. Prepare reports for presentation from the meetings for Dental Service Chief to review. Organize the dental radiograph archives for the entire Dental Service. Develop methods for accurate and confidential retrieval and storage of radiographic records. Serve as a Dental Service's ADPAC. Organize, order, track, and maintain all needed clinical supplies, equipment, and medication, including being part of the Narcotic Inspection Team and Commodities Committee. Participate in the orientation of all new Dental Staff. Participate in task forces or planning groups within Dental Service that will involve substantive work in (a) planning for new programs; and (b) reviewing program operations to develop or improve methods, procedures, or controls. Manage the radiation exposure program in conjunction with the Radiology Service including ensuring that all required dental staff have proper badges. RME Champion overseeing competencies and writing standard operating procedures. Run Action Required lists, consult lists, submit 52's, and MSS requests for HR. Manage the dental assistant overtime rosters. Work as a liaison with the Patient Advocate and other Service Points of Contact relating to dental matters. Participates in Service Recovery and helps lead other dental assistants in the process of obtaining optimal customer service. Records Minutes for Staff Meetings. Perform hand hygiene and reusable medical equipment observations along with submitting reports. Work Schedule: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: FS#000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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