Position Title: Registered Dental Hygienist Supervision Received:Dentist/Dental Director Supervision Exercised:None Department:Dental
POSITION PURPOSE/SUMMARY: To provide consistent high quality care to patients and evaluate the needs of patients at River Valley Family Health Center (RVFHC) and at sanctioned outreach activities. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS/RESPONSIBILITIES: •Embrace the mission, vision and values of River Valley Family Health Center •Clean bacterial deposits, accretions, and stains from teeth and beneath margins of gums, using appropriate dental instruments. •Record and review patient medical histories. •Use probing, visual, radiographic, and tactile examination methods to help diagnose, document, and treat periodontal disease. •Use probing, visual, radiographic, and tactile examination methods to help diagnose, document and refer for proper treatment any abnormalities, infection, potential malignancy, and/or other diseases related to the oral cavity, including accessible extra-oral structures such as neck, cervical lymph chain, facial, and post-auricular areas. •Expose and develop x-ray images per ALARA guidelines, clinic protocols, and/or as directed by dentist. •Assist in developing and maintaining protocols relating to infection control, equipment maintenance, prudent supply utilization, patient management, and office management. •Provide clinical services or health education to improve and maintain the oral health of patients or the general public. •Prescribe and/or apply fluorides or other cavity preventing agents to arrest dental decay. •Prescribe and/or apply approved medications, gels, and/or solutions to treat periodontal disease •Maintain patient recall system. •Administer topical and local anesthetic agents. •Remove excess cement from surfaces of teeth. •Conduct dental health clinics for community groups to augment services of dentist. •Records patient-dentist transactions as they occur in the patient's dental records so that the dental record accurately and completely reflects the nature of the contract, the condition of the patient and the care or treatment provided. In addition the staff dentist shall complete referrals, data collections instruments and other records or paper works as shall be required from time to time by the corporation. •Educates individuals in the nature of oral health related conditions and in the general promotion of oral and related general disease prevention. •Serves on the dental staff and other center committees as assigned. •Prepares specific reports as requested by the community health center's dental director. •Assists in the provision of continuing education, on the job training, and the orientation of community health center staff as requested. •Assists in the provision of technical assistance and health education to the community as requested. •Travels when necessary to fulfill the corporation’s needs and attends meeting as necessary to represent the corporation and/or the dental department. •Assists in the coordination and integration of the corporation's dental programs and services with other corporate programs and services for the welfare of the corporation's patients. •Responsible for personal full compliance with all applicable federal, state, local and center rules, regulations, protocols and procedures governing the practice of dentistry and the clinical provision of dental care as well as those relating to, but not limited to, personnel issues, work place safety, public health and confidentiality. •Use masks, gloves, and safety glasses to protect patients and self from infectious diseases. •Other related duties as assigned by the Dental Director/Executive Leadership Team
WORKING ENVIRONMENT/PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES: •Requires periods of standing and walking. •Requires long periods of time sitting. •Requires sufficient vision to effectively perform exam, read documents, and interact w/ computer screen. •Essential to have ability to lift, carry, push and pull up to 35 pounds. •Essential to have ability to use routine office equipment such as computer, copy machine, fax, and telephone. •Essential to have ability to stoop, kneel, bend, crouch, twist and reach. •Essential to have ability to hear routine conversations. •Essential to have ability to comprehend both oral and written communications.
JOB SPECIFIC SKILLS/ABILITIES/QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE: •Must have successfully completed at least a two year Dental Hygiene program. •Ability to use routine office equipment such as computer and telephone. •Ability to apply motivational interviewing techniques, positive reinforcement tools and education necessary to support patient in chronic disease case management. •Ability to comprehend both oral and written communications. •Ability to establish and maintain effective, courteous working relationships with patients and staff team members. •Ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced environment. •Ability to travel to meetings outside of the service area. •Ability to work flexible hours to meet job requirements. •Ability to be a team player. Support and assist team members in daily tasks. Learn from other team members. Keep an open mind to feedback. Earn trust of staff and providers. •Exhibit cultural sensitivity. HOURS WORKED: This a full time position requiring 40 hours per week.
Must be Registered
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Additional Salary Information: sign on bonus, reimbursed relocation costs, CME and licensure reimbursement
Internal Number: 0131
About River Valley Family Health Center
River Valley Family Health Centers are located in 3 communities at the foot of the majestic San Juan mountain range. Our mission is to; PROVIDE ACCESS TO QUALITY, INTEGRATED HEALTH CARE IN A COMPREHENSIVE AND CULTURALLY RESPECTFUL MANNER TO INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES. We serve over 6,000 patients in Montrose, Delta and Olathe and the surrounding areas by providing quality health care, dental care and behavioral health services to all who some to see us.