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The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation's premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.
The School of Dentistry shares the University's overall mission to generate, disseminate, and preserve knowledge, and to serve the community. The School is an integral part of the Warren G. Magnuson Health Sciences Center, and is an oral health care center of excellence serving the people of the State of Washington and the Pacific Northwest. Our primary mission, through educational, research, and service programs, is to prepare students to be competent oral health care professionals. The School's research programs contribute to the fundamental understanding of biologic processes and to the behavioral, biomedical, and clinical aspects of oral health. The service mission is to improve the health and well- being of the people of the community and the region through outreach programs that are especially attentive to minority and underserved populations. The School values diversity in its students, staff, faculty, and patient populations. It seeks to foster an environment of mutual respect where objectivity, imaginative inquiry, and the free exchange of ideas can flourish to facilitate personal development, professionalism, and a strong sense of self-worth.
The Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery has an outstanding opportunity for full-time Dental Assistant 2.
Under direct supervision of the Hospital Dentistry Assistant Lead, the Dental Assistant 2 will perform delegated tasks that involve direct patient care, technical procedures, and preparation/monitoring of patients undergoing surgery and dental procedures in ambulatory, recovery, and clinical care settings in the treatment of medically compromised and special needs patients for the OMFS Faculty-Resident Clinic. This position provides oral and maxillofacial surgery assistance to faculty and affiliated surgeons including residents and students. Job duties will include setting up and preparing for IV sedation and general anesthesia cases, including the operatory and drug preparation.
The Dental Assistant 2 (DA2) provides patient care assistance in many different patient care areas of the clinic. The DA2 can fill a number of different assisting roles including, but not limited to, assisting faculty with new patient screenings, aiding dental students, residents and/or faculty in four handed dentistry and in routine chair-side duties and patient care. Filling these roles will require the DA2 to have complete knowledge of the dental materials used in clinic; the restorative dentistry guide booklet is provided with instructions and data related to usage and teachings of dental materials utilized in the school's restorative clinics. Other duties required of the DA2 on a daily basis include obtaining and mixing dental materials, cleaning, preparing treatment areas, stocking clinics and providing students with knowledge and ideas to help aid in the educational process. This individual may be needed to serve as a back-up person in the clinic dispensary or sterilization areas, or have full responsibilities, depending on clinic workload. Other responsibilities of the DA2 are orienting new staff and trainees to clinic procedures and policies. The DA2 must have robust knowledge of the guidelines mandated by OSHA/WISHA and the UW/UW School of Dentistry (UWSOD) regarding infection control protocols. The DA2 will be required to support special curriculum projects throughout the year that aid in the teachings of trainees and patient care by attending instructional courses. The support may include providing instruction to trainees about working with dental assistants, materials, procedures, etc. Must be able to perform related dental duties as instructed which include computer skills related to clinic function and patient care. The DA2 must be able to follow rules, regulations and training set forth by the UW and UWSOD. Respectful communication is essential in relating to all patients, faculty, staff and trainees; a professional and positive attitude is expected at all times. This position is expected to communicate with their direct supervisor when they see areas for operational improvement or ways to improve the safety of the clinical environment. The DA2 reports directly to the Hospital Dentistry Assistant Lead.
Desirable candidates for this position must have the ability to work independently as well as a team player. This person must be able to resolve conflict in a positive manner, and speak of others and to others in a professional manner at all times. Dental assistants must be able to demonstrate strong interpersonal skills and the ability to interact with patients, staff and students on a professional level at all times.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is a fast-paced clinic requiring all staff to be thoughtful and compassionate to make patients feel welcome and cared for, while staying schedule. They must also be able to handle difficult situations professionally and use good judgement to please patients and support providers and other members of the team while upholding the policies of the UW and UWSOD. On a daily basis this DA2 will be reviewing Medical and Dental Health histories with patients, taking radiographic images, seating patients, transcribing doctor assessments, preparing and cleaning the clinic making it ready for patient care. The person in this position must be professional, reliable, and provide quality care at all times.
Performs related duties as required.
Completion of an accredited training program for dental assistants AND current certification as a dental assistant (CDA) OR the ability to obtain same within six months PLUS two years of experience as a dental assistant. One year of additional dental assistant experience may substitute for required education.
Previous experience in a face-paced dental education environment.
Experience with dental software programs, including scheduling, and taking panoramic images.
Experience working in a diverse and team environment with competing priorities.
Strong interpersonal skills and effective written and verbal communication.
Excellent organizational skills.
Conditions of Employment:
Maintain a weekly work schedule, Monday-Friday, 6:30a-3:30p.
Complete the Dental Anesthesia Assistant National Certificate Examination (DAANCE) within six months of hire. DAANCE is a training program for dental assistants who assist providers delivering care to patients receiving IV sedation or general anesthesia.
Registration with the State of Washington as a Dental Assistant.
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