Registered Dental Hygienist
13/14 (45.49 an hour) DOQ
September 27, 2019
Open until filled
This position is responsible for providing Dental Hygienist services to individuals eligible for services within the Squaxin Island Tribal Service Unit. This position is an integral part of the dental team and a team approach is critical in supporting the Health Center Dental program. Routine duties shall include providing dental hygiene as a provider and work with the Director and dental team on strategies to ensure consistent customer satisfaction while maintaining a high standard of efficiency.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
(Other duties may be assigned.)
Work within the scope of practice set forth by the Washington Stated Department of Health.
Remove soft and hard deposits from teeth, teach patients how to practice good oral hygiene, and provide other preventive dental care.
Examine patients’ teeth and gums, recording the presence of diseases or abnormalities.
Use Hand and rotary instruments and ultrasonic devices are used to clean and polish teeth, including removing calculus, stains, and plaque.
Use x-ray machines to take and develop dental radiographs.
Perform scaling, root planning and curettage as a periodontal therapy and administer the proper local anesthetic necessary to perform treatment, with the possibility of expanded services in the future.
Apply cavity-preventative agents such as fluorides and pit and fissure sealants.
Smooth and polish metal restorations.
Assist and educate patients in developing and maintaining good oral health using models/adjuncts when necessary.
Report all pertinent aspect of a patient’s periodontal health to the attending Dentist. (I.E. current state of periodontium, oral healthcare practices, updates to medical/social history, etc).
Flexible scheduling may be required of this position. The work schedule may vary based on the needs of the department.
Assist in agency activities to recruit, support, and retain dental service providers.
Participate in meetings and additional activities of the NPAIHB Dental Support Center and other health groups.
Provide all necessary documentation for proper maintenance of patient records as well as those needed for dental services billing
Demonstrate the ability to work effectively under supervision, as part of a multi-disciplinary team, and independently, when necessary.
Take initiative to meet the developing dental needs of service population.
Provide excellent customer service to patients, families, and the public.
Model and practice supportive cooperation with fellow employees, community members and tribal staff in daily interactions.
Hold a current Washington State dental hygiene license with no limitations.
Meet all yearly requirements to maintain an active dental hygiene license.
Assist in encouraging and recruiting Squaxin Island youth into training for various dental professions.
To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies: Is able to solve conflict, not blaming; maintains confidentiality; listens to others without interrupting; keeps emotions under control; remains open to others’ ideas and tries new things; balances team and individual responsibilities; exhibits objectivity and openness to others’ views; gives and welcomes feedback; contributes to building a positive team spirit; puts success of team above own interests, able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; supports everyone’s efforts to succeed; recognizes accomplishments of other team members; follows policies and procedures; completes administrative tasks correctly and on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan; supports organization’s goals and values; benefits organization through outside activities; supports affirmative action and respects diversity; follows instructions, responds to management direction; takes responsibility for own actions; keeps commitments; commits to long hours of work when necessary to reach goals. Applicant must have computer proficiency.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Sensitivity to and knowledge of Native American customs, traditions, and culture.
- In-depth knowledge of periodontal/hygiene procedures and the ability to help explain these to patients
- Able to perform child and adult prophys, OHI, fluoride treatments, and placement of sealant and rubber dams.
- The ability to assist in the implementation of community outreach programs.
- Able to interact courteously and professionally with patients of all ages.
- Knowledge of current home care instructions and ability to communicate them effectively to patients.
- Knowledge of standard office equipment and computer programs.
- Knowledge of standard dental operatory equipment and instruments, including various hand pieces, dental x-ray units, x-ray developer, autoclave, and ultrasonic.
- Perform scaling, root planning and curettage as a periodontal therapy and administer the proper local anesthetic necessary to perform treatment.
- Knowledge of standard infection control and sterilization procedures
- Knowledge of the WAC and RCW’s regarding dental hygiene practice in a tribal setting
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:
Must be licensed as a Dental Hygienist in the State of Washington and provide a degree from an accredited dental hygiene school, along with licensure examination results.5 years relevant experience.
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret the most complex documents. Ability to respond effectively to the most sensitive inquiries or complaints. Ability to write speeches and articles using original or innovative techniques or style. Ability to make effective and persuasive speeches and presentations.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:
Current License to practice as a Dental Hygienist in the State of Washington and current certification in CPR.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Employees in this position will regularly be required to talk or hear; frequently will be required to stand, use hands to finger, handle or feel, and reach with hands and arms; and occasionally will be required to walk, sit, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and may occasionally be required to lift up to 30 pounds.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Maintain clean, well-lit workspace. Ensure health safeguards include strict adherence to proper radiological procedures and the use of appropriate protective devices when administering anesthetic gas. Dental hygienists also wear safety glasses, surgical masks, and gloves to protect themselves and patients from infectious diseases. The noise level is generally moderate.
DRUG FREE WORKPLACE:
The successful candidate will be required to have a urinalysis for drug and alcohol screening in accordance with the Tribe’s Drug Free Workplace Policy.
Indian Preference will be exercised in the hiring of this position in accordance with the Tribe’s Personnel Policies.
Submit application packets including a resume and cover letter to Contact Human Resources for more information: 360-432-3865.