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Dental Assistant (DH6862) 

About the Organization Thank you for your interest in exploring the professionally rewarding and personally fulfilling benefits with Tuba City Regional Health Care Corp. We look forward to continuing our discussion about the opportunity and purpose health professionals experience as valued members of TCRHCC team.

A TCRHCC career offers a chance to live and work within or near Native communities, providing clinicians/nurses/administrators with a unique opportunity to learn the heritage of the tribes we serve, discover traditions that have been carried down for generations and gain cultural insight into the beliefs and values of a deserving and appreciative patient population.
 
Description

POSITION SUMMARY

The primary function of a dental assistant (DA) is to perform chair-side assistance in all areas of dentistry such as, restorative, prosthodontics, surgery, endodontics, and periodontics for both routine and emergent care. Dental Assistants will greet and seat patients, take radiographs, set-up instruments for procedures, clean/disinfect operatories, use proper infection control protocol at all times. DA's are also involved with community programs such as the School-based Sealant & Fluoride Varnish Program. DA's will rotate through all clinics within the TCRHCC Dental Program. DA's are required to work with the Electronic Dental Record (EDR) and Electronic Health Record (EHR). Customer Service is a priority for all dental staff.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  1. Must prepare patient for proper dental procedures including setting up instruments and following sanitation processes for each patient.
  2. Sterilizing dental instruments and equipment at satellite clinics and main clinic.
  3. Organizing and laying out instruments for dental provider’s use.
  4. Meeting and greeting patients and seating them in the dental chair.
  5. Keeps alert to condition of patient during treatment; checking for signs of fainting, shock, or other signs of distress.
  6. Perform routine dental laboratory procedures including pouring and trimming models, constructing custom impression trays, fabricating base plates and bite rims, fabricating mouth guards, basic denture repairs, etc.
  7. Perform rubber dam isolation for restorative/operative and endodontic procedures.
  8. Responsible for cleaning, packaging and sterilizing all dental instruments and proper storage.
  9. Proficient in taking radiographs.
  10. Proficient in dental charting for exams and treatment planning.
  11. After appropriate training, may provide supragingival cleanings using a Piezon, rubber cup prophylaxis, dental sealants, and fluoride treatments under general supervision by a dental provider.
  12. Provide Oral Hygiene Instructions (OHI) and Post-Op Instructions (POI) for certain procedures (e.g. extractions, root canal treatments)
  13. Must complete all mandatory trainings and certifications as required of the position in the timeframe designated by supervisor (e.g. radiology, infection control, periodontal therapy, mandatory hospital trainings).
  14. Will work with EDR and EHR programs; training will be provided as part of the orientation process.
  15. Completes all patient care documentation in the electronic health record entries accurately and in real-time.
  16. Participates in departmental workflow and or testing teams as related to electronic health record or other project initiatives.
  17. Performs other duties as assigned.

PROBLEM SOLVING

Although employee is expected to use own ingenuity to solve most routine situations, new or difficult assignments are to be accompanied by detailed instructions and progress of work will be checked periodically by the supervisor.

MENTAL AND PHYSICAL EFFORT

The physical and mental demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical:

Position requires long periods of standing, walking, sitting, lifting, and bending. Work in a well-lit clinical setting with strict infection control standards. Must wear gloves, masks, eyewear, and protective clothing to protect themselves and their patients from infectious diseases.

Mental:

Performs a number of clinical support activities including chair-side assistance and radiographic work, which involves a variety of sequential steps and processes. In each case, the category of the particular task and consideration of readily verified factors determine what steps are to be taken.

IMPACT

Chair-side assisting, clinic maintenance, and recordkeeping comprise a significant amount of work performed. The position facilitates the work of the dental team, affects the experience of the patients, and increases the efficiency of the dental team.

NAVAJO/INDIAN PREFERENCE

TCRHCC is located within the Navajo Nation and, in accordance with Navajo Nation law, has implemented a Navajo/Indian Preference in Employment Policy. Pursuant to this Policy, applicants who are enrolled members of the Navajo Nation and who meet the necessary qualifications for this position will be given preference in hiring and employment for this position and applicants who are enrolled members of any other tribe who meet the necessary qualifications will be given secondary preference.

APPLICATION DECLARATION

In performance of their respective tasks and duties, all employees at TCRHCC are expected to conform to the following:

  • Adhere to all professional and ethical behavior standards of the healthcare industry.
  • Interact in an honest, trustworthy and dependable manner with patients, employees and vendors.
  • Possess cultural awareness and sensitivity.

All employees must uphold all principles of confidentiality and patient care to the fullest extent. This position has access to sensitive information and a breach of these principles may be grounds for immediate termination.

I have read the qualifications and requirements for the position of Dental Assistant.  To the best of my knowledge, I believe I can perform these duties.

 
Position Requirements

NECESSARY QUALIFICATIONS

Education:

  • Must have a high school diploma or GED equivalent
  • Must have completed a Dental Assistant Training Course in a full-time program of 6 months or greater in duration

Certification:

  • Applicant must have active Basic Life Support (BLS) certification by the American Heart Association.
  • Employee must maintain BLS certification during employment at TCRHCC.

 

Experience:

  • Must have experience with chair-side assistance as part of Dental Assisting (DA) Training program and be able to demonstrate knowledge of dental instruments and experience with rubber-dam isolation.
  • Must have worked:
  • As a DA continuously for 2 years within the past 5 years if the date of graduation from DA training is 5 years or more from the date of application for employment OR
  • As a DA continuously for 1 year if the date of graduation from DA training is within 3-5 years from the date of application for employment OR
  • As a DA or volunteer DA if the date of graduation from DA training is less than 3 years from the date of application for employment.
  • Exception due to Pandemic: if the date of graduation from DA training is within the last year, then experience is not required.

Other Skills and Abilities:

A record of satisfactory performance in all prior and current employment as evidenced by positive employment references from previous and current employers. All employment references must indicate success in each of the following areas:

  • Positive working relationships with others
  • Possession of high ethical standards and no history of complaints
  • Reliable and dependable; reports to work as scheduled without excessive absences
  • Knowledge of dental instruments, basic dental anatomy and operation of dental x-ray equipment
  • Must be proficient in dental charting for treatment planning purposes
  • Must be proficient in “four-handed dentistry”
  • Basic computer skills needed to complete required administrative tasks

 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Other Skills and Abilities:

Ability to speak Navajo, Hopi or Southern Paiute

 
Close Date 5/15/2021  
EOE Statement The Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation (TCRHCC) is committed to equal opportunity employment. In accordance with the Navajo Preference in Employment Act (NPEA) and TCRHCC policy, preference is given to qualified Navajo and Native American candidates. Those applicants requiring reasonable accommodations(s) during the application and/or interview process should notify a representative in the Human Resources Department.  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Location Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation  
Navajo/Indian Preference Applicants who are enrolled members of the Navajo Nation and who meet the necessary qualifications for this position will be given preference in hiring and employment for this position.  
Open Date 3/12/2021  

This position is currently accepting applications.

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