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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Dental Assistant in Salem, Virginia

Summary

Dental Assistants perform assigned selected procedures with some independence and some complex patient procedures are performed under indirect supervision of more experienced dental assistants or dental supervisor. The dental assistant assists the dentist in many aspects of direct patient care and performs other clinical and clerical functions independently of direct supervision.

Responsibilities

Major Duties: Assist in routine general dental procedures Record dental images using x-ray equipment Maintain dental equipment in a clean and operative condition Assist dentist and hygienist in charting findings and treatment plans in patient records Maintain patient confidentiality per HIPAA with written and verbal information Monitor patient condition during treatment, being alert for signs of physical distress Complete mandatory annual safety training sessions Construct custom impression trays Remove sutures and removal of periodontal surgical dressing Demonstrate the preparation of soiled instruments for recirculation, including ultra sonic cold sterilization, wrapping, autoclaving and preset tray preparation Work Schedule: Compressed Tour; 7:30 AM TO 5:00 pm with Wednesdays off

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

Qualifications

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 08/13/2020.

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. Certification: Public Law 97-35 requires that persons who administer radiologic procedures meet the credentialing standards in 42 CFR Part 75. Essentially, they must have successfully completed an educational program that meets or exceeds the standards described in that regulation, and is accredited by an organization recognized by the Department of Education, and be certified as radiographers in their field. English Language Proficiency: Dental assistants must be proficient in spoken and written English. Experience: Six months experience that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the work, or provides familiarity with the work, OR Successful completion of a 1-year dental assistant program accredited by the American Dental Association's Commission on Dental Accreditation; OR an equivalent combination of experience and education are qualifying. Grade Determinations: GS-03:

None above the basic requirements. GS-04:

Experience or Education. In addition to the basic requirements, 1 year of experience at the next lower level, OR 2 years of education above high school that included completion of a dental assistant program accredited by the American Dental Association's Commission on Dental Accreditation. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  1. Basic knowledge of infection control and safe instrument handling.

  2. Basic knowledge of dental procedures and medical emergencies.

  3. Ability to perform basic radiographic image capture and processing/retrieva.

  4. Basic knowledge of maintenance, care and storage of dental equipment.

  5. Basic knowledge of patient privacy requirements. Assignment. Employees at this level serve as developmental staff dental assistants. It is expected that they receive guidance from more experienced staff members for more complex patient issues and require daily and direct contact at the site of work from the assigned supervisor. Assignments at this level include but are not limited to: receiving and preparing patient for treatment including seating, positioning chair, placing napkin, performing disinfection and sterilization procedures; performing basic chair side assisting with direct instruction from treating dentist; reporting medical emergencies to dentist; preparing procedural trays/armamentaria set-ups; exposing and processing basic dental radiographs with direct supervision; mounting and labeling dental radiographs and/or saving digital images to the electronic medical record with direct supervision; complying with standard recommendation for equipment maintenance; retrieving all pertinent patient records prior to seating the dental patient; directing patient to appropriate staff for the intent of scheduling visits. GS-05:

Experience or Education. In addition to the requirements listed at GS-4 above, applicants must demonstrate at least 1 year of experience equivalent to at the next lower grade level that demonstrates the core competencies described at that level OR successful completion of a full 4-year course of study that included or was supplemented by completion of a dental assistant program by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. In addition, the applicant must demonstrate the following KSA's: Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities 1. Knowledge of anatomy and ability to evaluate diagnostic quality.

  1. Broad knowledge of common medical emergencies and vital signs measurement.

  2. Basic knowledge of instruments, materials and standardized dental procedures.

  3. Ability to learn and utilize software programs used within VHA.

  4. Basic communication skills to provide patient instructions according to established protocol. Assignment. Employees at this level serve as staff dental assistants for routine dental procedures. Direct supervision is given for any complex patient procedures from more experienced dental assistants or the treating dentist. 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. GS-06:

Experience. At least 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level that demonstrates the core competencies described at that level. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following technical KSAs: Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  1. Ability to identify normal oral anatomy.

  2. Advanced knowledge of instruments, materials, and standardized dental procedures used in all phases of restorative, surgical, endodontic and periodontal care and procedures.

  3. Ability to monitor and perform basic interpretation of vital signs.

  4. Ability to independently provide procedure-specific patient education and appropriate referral of patient concerns to treating dentist.

  5. Ability to capture standard and special dental images of good diagnostic quality in traditional or digital formats.

  6. Ability to perform maintenance on dental equipment used for routine and specialty dentistry.

  7. Ability to enter and retrieve data utilizing electronic dental records.

  8. Ability to perform dental assistant-appropriate laboratory procedures Assignment. Employee serves at the full performance level with the ability to perform full range of duties with some independence in assigned specialties, with indirect supervision from the lead dental assistant, dental assistant supervisor or treating dentist. Assignments at this level include, but are not limited to: using the concepts of four-handed dentistry; assists with specialty procedures including oral and maxillofacial surgery, periodontal therapy, endodontic, prosthodontic and implant placement and restoration; anticipates surgeons/specialists needs at each stage of treatment; takes preliminary impressions; selects and manipulates a variety of gypsums and waxes; pours, trims and evaluates the quality of diagnostic casts; fabricates custom trays. References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/46 APRIL 19, 2011 PART II APPENDIX G36 II-G36-6 Physical Requirements: Must be able to treat patients while sitting or standing. Job requires good hand-eye coordination, working in small spaces and the ability to evaluate and make quick decisions

Education

GS-03:

Successful completion of a 1-year dental assistant program accredited by the American Dental Association's Commission on Dental Accreditation. GS-04:

2 years of education above high school that included completion of a dental assistant program accredited by the American Dental Associations's Commission on Dental Accreditation. GS-05:

Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study that included or was supplemented by completion of a dental assistant program by CODA. GS-06:

There is no education substitution for this grade level. IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

Additional Information

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment. This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health-related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority. Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members. If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

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