As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world. UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a "Great College to Work For" for six consecutive years. The Office of Clinical Services (OCS) at the School of Dentistry encompasses the Patient Registration and Patient Relations offices, Simulation Clinic and Labs, Central Sterilization, two dispensaries, and facilities maintenance team. OCS supports the operations of 13 dental clinics in delivering dental care to the state's largest and most diverse patient population. We utilize a team oriented approach and work very hard to delight our patients.The UW School of Dentistry (UWSOD) has an outstanding opportunity for a Dental Assistant 2 (DA2). Within the School of Dentistry, there are thirteen clinics where pre-doctoral and graduate dental students are provided education while also providing care to patients. Faculty and staff oversee these dentists-in-training. To support the educational mission of the school, the DA2 will provide assistance, based on patient treatment procedure and staffing needs, to the D2 and D3 clinics for pre-doctoral students and provide back up support to the D2/D3 clinic dispensaries and Central Sterilization. In addition, this individual will float as needed in other pre-doctoral or graduate clinics within the UW School of Dentistry (Dental Admissions, Dental Urgent Care, DECOD (Dental Education in the Care of Person with Disabilities, Endodontics, Oral Medicine, Orthodontics, Pediatric, Graduate Periodontics, Graduate Prosthodontics, Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology and the UW Dentistry Campus Dental Center.)Desirable candidates for this position must have the ability to work independently and be a reliable team player with a strong work ethic. The DA2 must demonstrate strong interpersonal skills, resolve conflict in a positive manner, and interact with patients, staff, faculty, and students on a professional level at all times. They must also be able to handle difficult situations professionally and use good judgement while upholding the policies of the UW and UWSOD. The DA2 reports to the Dental Clinic Supervisor, Clinic Manager and the Director of Clinical Operations. The DA2 is expected to communicate with their supervisor when they see areas for operational improvement or ways to improve the safety of the clinical environment.Duties and ResponsibilitiesThe Dental Assistant 2 in this position may assist chairside with one provider for long periods of time, as in typical dental assisting, or move from student provider to student provider to assist them during critical times of their patient care procedures and as needed. The DA2 must have the ability to prioritize work and understand when and how the students or faculty providers need them. When assisting students, the DA2 should communicate constructively to the student to help them gain as much as possible from their learning experience at the UWSOD. The DA2 must be caring and helpful, yet be able to be firm if people within the clinic are not following the policies and guidelines of the clinic or Standard of Care.The Dental Assistant 2 will be expected to communicate daily with the clinic faculty and develop excellent working relationships with them to aid in the student educational process. The Dental Assistant 2 assigned in the clinics must also be aware of the needs of the faculty and assist them as needed. Assisting responsibilities include:oProvide excellent customer service to the School's patients, students, faculty and staff.oAid dental students, residents and/or faculty in fourhanded dentistry and in routine chair-side duties and patient care.oProvide students with knowledge and ideas to help aid in the dental care educational process.oOrient new staff and dental students to clinic procedures and policies.oClean and prepare treatment area.oKeep all areas clean, orderly, and neat.oObtain and mix dental materials.oConduct inventories and stock supplies.oMonitor school-owned instruments for breakage and wear; assess replacement needs.oMonitor and maintain clinic hand pieces.oPerform additional dental assistant duties as assigned.Sterilization Responsibilities:oCheck instruments and cassettes in and out, keeping detailed records of all assets.oMaintain and operate autoclaves and sterilization equipment; disinfect items, and follow pre-sterilization and sterilization-established protocol. Duties include scrubbing, ultrasonic operation, drying, sorting, resetting, packaging and labeling instrument setups.oAssemble dental instrument packs.oStore sterile and disinfected set-ups in preparation for delivery to clinics and students.oCoordinate the pick-up and delivery of student and school-owned instruments.oMonitor school-owned instruments for breakage and wear; assess replacement needs.oMaintain the daily log of school-owned instruments and equipment checked in and out to students, staff and faculty on a daily basis. Notify parties when items are missing.oMonitor and maintain hand pieces sterilization log.oPerform weekly spore testing on autoclaves and other sterilizers.oKeep all areas clean, orderly, and neat.oProvide excellent customer service to faculty, staff, and students.oVerify correct sterilization cycles.oPerform basic calculations related to verifying sterilizer functions and inventory control.oInspect, assemble, package, label and date instruments and cassettes.oEnter inventory data using a computer terminal or a manual method.oPlace orders as necessary.oComplete directly supervised sterilization training program administered by the School of Dentistry.oCheck in dirty instruments, logging hand pieces in and out, filling instrument request orders and delivering instruments to clinics.oPerform additional sterilization duties as assigned.Dispensary Responsibilities:oManage daily stocking of dispensary supplies, clinic supply bins, andoCoordinate Prosthodontic faculty schedules.oScan cassettes and other items for students.oDispense anesthetic per UWSOD policy and protocol.oTroubleshoot problems in clinic units as necessary and prepare repair work orders if required.oCollect, scan and bag soiled items in preparation for sterilization.oMonitor daily reports of items checked out by students; email students with delinquent items.oPrepare orders for D2/D3 clinics, Dental Admissions Clinic, Sterilization, Oral Surgery Clerkship and Dental Urgent Care Clinic to send to Central Sterilization.oCollect Wednesday receivables orders from Central Purchasing and distribute items.oStock/organize disposables each week in supply room.oReconcile monthly statements from Central Purchasing.oRecord Perio night guards produced by students.oProvide support during annual student Western Regional Exam Board exams.oPerform additional dispensary duties as assigned.RequiredoHigh school graduation OR equivalent education/experience.oCompletion of an accredited training program for dental assistants AND current certification as a dental assistant (CDA) OR the ability to obtain it within six months. One year of additional dental assistant experience may substitute for required education.oTwo years of experience as a dental assistant.oMust have an active WA State Department of Health Dental Assistant Registration; must be kept active in order to work within the School of Dentistry clinics.DesiredoPrevious experience in a dental education environmentoExperience with diverse populationsoAbility to resolve conflict in a positive manner and treat others in a respectful manner at all timesoExperience with dental software programs; exposing intra and extra-oral radiographsoAbility to operate dental equipment, including sterilization equipmentoRobust knowledge of the guidelines mandated by OSHA/WISHA and the UW School of Dentistry (UWSOD) regarding infection control protocolsoAbility to work independently as well as a team playeroDemonstrated interpersonal and communication skillsoStrong customer service skills to interact with patients, staff and students on a professional leveloOrganizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to multi-task and prioritize tasksoCritical thinking; problem solving skillsoProficiency in Microsoft Office suiteEquivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except where there are legal requirements such as license/certification/registration.BENEFITSAs a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.Application Process The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Workforce Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select "Apply to this position". Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your "My Jobs" page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready.Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.
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