This is an Open Continuous Announcement that will be used for filling GS-06 Registered Dental Assistant positions for the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Dental Service. Qualified applicants will be considered and referred as vacancies become available. We utilize, Open Continuous announcements to accept applications in anticipation of vacancies. Extended announcements provide us a readily available source of applicants for when vacancies do occur and are approved. Next Review 6/11/2021 This position is located in the Dental Service with the VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS). As a Registered dental assistant, the incumbent independently plans and completes tasks based on established protocols accepted in all dental practices. The assistant sets up and cleans the operatories utilizing all infection control techniques available for planned surgery procedures without or little supervision. The dental assistant conforms to Dental Service policy and requirements. Major duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to the following: Chair-side Assisting: Sets up operatory and/or surgery suite for planned dental procedure and cleans dental unit for timely turnover; Passes instruments safely, accurately, and efficiently; Keeps operative field clear of debris and retracts oral tissues effectively and comfortably; Prepares dental medicaments and impression materials per manufacturer's instruction; Accomplishes all intra-operative procedures within standard infection control protocols; Assists in routine general dental procedures; Assists in specialized dental procedures, such as oral maxillofacial surgery, dental implant placement, complex endodontic, surgical, periodontic and prosthodontic procedures; Treats medically complex patients including disabled and wheelchair-bound patients. Direct Patient Care/Maxillofacial Surgery: Prepares treatment operatory for planned procedures prior to seating the patient; Accurately takes and records patient vital signs; Demonstrates knowledge of and prepares medication impression materials per manufacturer's instructions; Adequately prepares the treatment room for the operative procedures; Correctly monitors the patient before and after the surgical procedure; Provides proper supervision of the patient following the intravenous sedation and does not leave the patient unattended - Adequately prepare the surgery room for scheduled procedure; Correctly maintains sterile field; Accurately maintain needle and sharps and verifies count with circulator; Correctly disposes of sharps, needles, and pharmaceutical waste in appropriate containers; Maintains record of medication amounts and irrigation amounts utilized during the surgical procedure; Appropriately labels all medication within the surgical field; Tracks implants placed in the oral surgery room; Compliant with infection control protocols in all aspects of the care process; Demonstrates knowledge of reusable medical equipment (RME), devices, and instruments in use in the clinical area; Follows Standard Operation Procedures for all RME in use in the clinical area. Dental Imaging: Secures digital, extraoral and intraoral, and other clinical images as ordered by a physician or dentist; Images are characterized by diagnostic quality, accurately oriented, and exposed; Dental imaging safety techniques are utilized and retakes are minimized; Imaging request are accomplished within the desired timeframe. 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. 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; Monitors patient (BP, pulse EKG, pulse oximeter), and condition during moderate sedation and recovery period following procedure. Dental Laboratory Functions: Pours impressions and prepares study models; Makes final denture impression trays and prepares bite rims; Performs other dental laboratory functions as time and skill levels allow. Fabrication: Remove temporary crown/bridge and clean tooth preparation of debris; Re-cement and fabricate temporary crowns; Coronal polishing of teeth; Place rubber dams and matrix bands; Provides post-operative and other appropriate patient education. Administrative Duties and Responsibilities: Clerical Functions with appointments, cancellations, eligibility, patient counseling and patient forms completion; Information Management, patient confidentiality per HIPAA, release of information, computer security and basic computer skills requirements; Maintains employee education requirements and completes mandatory safety training. Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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