The Dental Assistant serves as staff Dental Assistant at the full performance level for routine patient care and performs a full range of duties with indirect supervision from the Lead or Supervisory Dental Assistant or the treating Dentist. Performs assigned selected procedures with some independence. Some complex patient procedures are performed under indirect supervision of more experienced Dental Assistants or Dental Supervisor. Applicants pending the completion of educational, or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. Assistants should use time out protocols to confirm patients' identity with at least two hospital approved identifiers before seating and preparing patients for treatment. The dental assistant will: Prepare patient, sterilize and disinfect materials, and assist dentist during dental procedures. Expose dental diagnostic x-rays. Take dental histories and vital signs of patients. Assist dentist in management of medical or dental emergencies. Provides administrative support to the clinical staff rendering care to those Veterans eligible to receive treatment. Responsible for the maximum utilization of centralized scheduling to encompass both outpatient and inpatient appointments and coordination of Dental Providers at the Orlando VAMC, for the master control of all Dental clinics and appropriate notification to Veterans for future appointments. Responsible for assuring compensation and pension examinations are scheduled within mandated guidelines. Continually monitors patient flow, maintains contact with clinical support staff to resolve delays and miscommunication in the clinical aspect of providing dental care. Ensures patient access to care by having dental appointments properly scheduled. Accurately inputs data requesting follow-up appointments or treatment and generates letters to patients informing them of clinic appointments. Provides advisory and technical assistance to both patients and staff with regard to eligibility for dental treatment, as well as other special programs (i.e. Beneficiary Travel, Fee Basis, Nursing Home and Domiciliary Care. Work Schedule: 7:30am - 4:00pm (Monday - Friday) Position Title/Functional Statement #:Dental Assistant/PD80115F 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.