The Lead Dental Assistant assists the dentist in the many aspects of direct patient care and performs other clinical and clerical functions independent of direct supervision. The dental assistant receives and prepares patients for dental treatment and assists the dentist at chairside, bedside or in the operating room. The incumbent at this level serves in staff dental assistant positions independently performing more complex work in assigned specialties in lead dental assistant positions. The Lead Dental Assistant facilitates team or unit processes by working collaboratively with team members or employees to ensure that tasks are completed, that good working relationships among team members and with management are maintained, and that team priorities and goals, needs, and achievements are coordinated with management. - Leads the team of dental assistant employees and provides guidance and technical direction necessary for accomplishing the work of the team.- Ensures that clinic policies are reviewed yearly and revised as necessary meeting or exceeding OSHA and CDC guidelines. These policies include safety, hazardous materials, radiation safety, nitrous oxide safety, infection control, bloodborne pathogens exposure, ergonomics, and emergency preparedness plan.- Maintains MSDS, and properly disposes of expired materials.- Educates and orients new employees regarding OSHA, CDC, and safety policies relating to their jobs in the dental service. - Supports the Dental Assistant Supervisor, assuring the work assignments of employees in the unit are carried out. Coordinates daily dental assistant work assignments at the start of the shift and throughout the day as the need arises. - Monitors the status and progress of work and makes adjustment in accordance with established priorities. Obtains assistance from the Supervisor as needed for major issues or problems which arise. - Checks work in progress to see that the Supervisor's instructions have been met. - Instructs employees in specific tasks and job techniques. Trains employees( dentist, dental residents, and dental assistants) in computerized dental patient record systems including generating patient consults, storing and viewing digital images, entry of diagnostic data and preparation of treatment planning. - Performs training for team members, students and volunteers in the accomplishment of tasks or projects. - Coordinates oral surgical care needs for L TC patients and outpatients including referral to other VA Medical Centers and for services to patients who may need HBO therapy or inpatient oral surgical care d. Dental Imaging: - Images are characterized by diagnostic quality, accurately oriented and exposed - Dental imaging safety techniques are utilized, and retakes are minimized - Imaging requests are accomplished within the desired time frame. Infection Control and Equipment Sterilization: - Demonstrates proper infection control procedures in setting up and cleaning up operatories - 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 f. Clerical Functions: - Assists patients in scheduling appointments - Assists in filling gaps in the doctor's schedule due to late cancellations and failed appointments - Assists dentist in charting findings and treatment plans in patient records - Communicates with patient's family and treatment team in coordination of care g. Information Management: - Maintains patient confidentiality per HIP AA with written and verbal information Follows computer security regulations h. Patient Safety: - Modifies care as necessitated by 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 during recovery period following procedure i. Employee Education: - Complies with Employee Education requirements - Completes mandatory annual safety training sessions j. Dental Laboratory Functions: - Pours impressions and prepares study casts- Makes final denture impression trays and prepares bite rims if needed - Performs other dental laboratory functions as time and skill levels allow if needed Work Schedule: 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM (Shifts may vary according to needs of service) Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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.
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