Dental Assistant (Per Diem)

New Haven, CT
Mar 4, 2019

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Job Description

To be part of our organization, every employee should understand and share in the YNHHS Vision, support our Mission, and live our Values. These values-integrity, patient-centered, respect, accountability, and compassion - must guide what we do, as individuals and professionals, every day.

EEO/AA/Disability/Veteran

Summary:
Assists resident and attending dentists in the treatment of dental patients and performs a variety of duties associated with the clinical and operational standards of the department. Maintenance of treatment rooms/operatories, decontamination/sterilization rooms and laboratory to ensure clinical efficiency and quality care. Performs chairside assistance, maintains operatory setup, orders supplies and instruments/equipment as appropriate and/or assigned.

Responsibilities:
  • 1. Provides assistance to dental residents and dentists in the treatment of patients to ensure timely patient flow and efficiency of the patient care required.
  • 1.1 Receives and seats incoming patients in a pleasant, courteous and professional manner 00% of the time as observed by Dentists and Manager.
  • 1.2 Exposes digital or traditional x-rays as directed by Dentists; develops and mounts traditional x-rays accurately; scans and assigns digital x-rays to electronic patient chart.
  • 1.3 Properly assists dentists in all chair-side procedures, prioritizing patient/clinical needs.
  • 1.4 Accurately completes and/or reviews medical history; triages; discusses post?op instructions and oral hygiene instructions, takes vital signs and other miscellaneous patient care needs required as directed by Dentists.
  • 1.5 Assists dentists in any clinical dental setting as needs arise including general practice, pediatrics, oral surgery, and one day surgery. Participates in the orientation and guidance of the patient flow, patient management and customer service to the dental hygienist students, dental assistant students and the Residents. This includes the operational requirements in the public health and hospital environments.
  • 1.6 Participates in the learning processes of the residency program including but not limited to: coaching dental assisting students on rotation through the facility, facilitating rotating dental hygiene students'' patient care experiences, and participating in the Residents'' learning experiences.
  • 2. Maintains care of all instruments and equipment to ensure proper function and usage for clinical efficiency.
  • 2.1 Properly oils all handpieces daily to ensure proper functioning.
  • 2.2 Maintains autoclave per manufacturer''s instructions biweekly to ensure proper functioning.
  • 2.3 Properly prepares, sterilizes, and distributes instruments as needed.
  • 2.4 Weekly stocks to emergency room cart properly with an adequate level of supplies required for Residents to treat patients in the E.R.
  • 2.5 Properly stocks the One Day cart weekly or as required with an adequate level of supplies and instruments for Dentists to treat patients in the O.R.
  • 2.6 Reports all broken or missing equipment promptly to the Dental Manager or designee to ensure timely repairs or replacement.
  • 2.7 Prepares pretreatment instrument trays daily or as needed for specific procedures for clinical efficiency.
  • 2.8 Weekly changes solutions and cleans rollers in traditional x-ray processor; logs dates performed.
  • 2.9 Maintains JCAHO and hospital standards regarding environment of care and patient safety standards including but not limited to: spore testing autoclave logs, defibrillator test logs, and refrigerator temperature logs.
  • 3. Maintains and cares for treatment rooms and sterilization area to ensure a clean, safe, environment for patient care and coworkers.
  • 3.1 Stocks treatment rooms with supplies and instruments daily, 00% of the time as observed by doctors/manager.
  • 3.2 Straightens and cleans treatment rooms properly between patients according to department policy 100% of the time as observed by doctors/manager.
  • 3.3 Maintains sterilization area/laboratory area to OSHA and JCAHO standards.
  • 3.4 Prepares supplies, maintains inventory levels with demand ordering not to exceed 4times throughout the year.
  • 3.5 As needed performs cross trained duties to ensure the efficient operation of the department including but not limited to: telephone answering to department standards, pulling charts, and general front desk assistance.

    Other information:

    EDUCATION:

    Gradualtion from high school with special vocational training. Completion of Dental Assistant Program/Certified Dental Assistant or on-the-job training with a minimum of 3 years experience.

    EXPERIENCE:

    Six (6) months to (1) year''s experience as a Dental Assistant if graduate of a certified dental institution program (Certified Dental Assistant) or 3 years experience of on-the-job training may be substituted for certification as noted above.

    LICENSURE:

    Certified in Dental Radiation Safety

    SPECIAL_SKILLS:

    Ability to perform a variety of dental clinica/x-ray and laboratory procedures. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
    ACCOUNTABILITY:

    Perform a variety of duties associated with clinical and operational functions such as direct chairside assistance to residents and faculty dentists, monitoring and maintaining all instruments and equipment and compliance with all standards related to patient safety, infection control and clinical competencies.
    COMPLEXITY:

    Direct patient care and support related to chairside assistance, patient preparation, procedure preparation/assistance and patient education upon discharge. All activities whether related to direct patient care and/or general operations must be performed in accordance with all departmental policies and procedures.
    PHYSICAL_DEMAND:

    Must be able to stand for long periods of time and have manual/hand dexterity to meet the demands of chairside assisting. In addition, must be able to sit for long periods of time in a fixed position related to dental procedures being performed.

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    Job Info

    Job: 6029

    Department: Pediatric Dental Long Wharf
    Category: Dental
    Status: Per Diem
    Shift: AS NEEDED
    Hours: 0.00

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