Dublin VAMC is seeking an experienced Licensed Dental Hygienist for their dental department. Employees at this level serve as staff dental hygienists 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 incumbent is a member of a team providing direct patient care, services and support to an adult, veteran population with specialized needs. The Licensed Dental Hygienist provides direct patient care under the general supervision of the dentist and performs other clinical and clerical functions independently of direct supervision Listed below are a list of some of the duties but not all of them: Patient Care 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 Applies desensitizing and sealant materials Makes impressions for fluoride carrier trays and study casts Administers topical anesthetic agents Accomplishes all procedures within standard infection control protocols Patient Education Provides patient education to the veterans' needs and oral condition Prepares and provides individual and group oral health care instruction to patients and caregivers Dental Imaging Images are characterized by diagnostic quality, accurately oriented and exposed Dental imaging safety techniques are utilized, and retakes are minimized 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 Clerical Functions 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 Collaboration with Nursing Service - "Train-the-Trainer" Program, Education of CLC Nurses, Provide training and competency evaluations of nurse provided oral care. Work Schedule:8:00 am - 4:30 pm M-F Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Internal Number: 600074700
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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.