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 five consecutive years. The UW School of Dentistry has an outstanding opportunity for a Dental Assistant 2 at our UW Dentistry Campus Dental Center. At the UW Dentistry Campus Dental Center, patients receive care by highly skilled, experienced UW School of Dentistry faculty. Our experienced dentists offer comprehensive oral care services to UW students, UW employees, their families, and guests. Patients can find all dental specialties in one convenient locations, on campus at the Health Sciences Building. UW Dentistry Campus Dental Center is commitment to the principle of diversity, equity, and inclusion and to providing an environment where every employee feels welcomed, valued, and appreciated.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 University of Washington and UW School of Dentistry (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 provider to 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 UW Dentistry Campus Dental Center. 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 resident educational process. The Dental Assistant 2 assigned in the clinic 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 residents and/or faculty in four-handed dentistry and in routine chair-side duties and patient care.oProvide residents with knowledge and ideas to help aid in the dental care educational process.oOrient new staff and dental residents to clinic procedures and policies.oClean and prepare treatment area.oKeep all areas clean, orderly, and neat.oObtain and mix dental materials.oAbility to expose digital intra and extra-oral radiographsoMay conduct inventories and stock supplies.oMonitor school-owned instruments for breakage and wearoAssess replacement needs.oMonitor and maintain clinic hand pieces. oTake impressions for study models and opposing modelsoMechanical polishing to amalgam restorations, clinical crowns and supragingival areasoPlace matrix and wedgeoRemove excess cementoFabricate, place and remove temporary fillingsoExpose digital dental x-ray imagesoDeliver fluoride treatmentsoTeach oral hygieneoRemove dry socket dressing and periodontal pakoRemove sutures; pack and medicate extraction areasoAssist in the administration of nitrous-oxide analgesiaoPlacement of retraction cordoSelect denture shade and moldoAcid etch and apply sealantsoPlace cotton rolls and holdersoOther duties as provided in the dental laws of the State of WashingtonoAssist in the treatment of handicapped patients and/or patients admitted through the emergency room; visit patients in the hospital to record and make entries in the chart regarding these contractsoTake and record vital signs when patients are sedatedoInstruct students in the appropriate role of dental assistants in the delivery of patient care; assist in various four-handed techniques, such as anesthetic administration, instrument grasps and transfer and gold foil malleting.oMay support activities in a dental clinic, such as arranging and scheduling patient appointments, maintaining patient recordsoTake and record vital signs and review health history with patientsoMay provide information to departments regarding clinic servicesoMay perform all duties of a Dental Assistant to the full extent of licensureSterilization Responsibilities:oCheck instruments and cassettes 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 of patient care.oMonitor school-owned instruments for breakage and wear; assess replacement needs. oMonitor and maintain hand pieces sterilization.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. oInspect, assemble, package, label and date instruments and cassettes. oPerform additional sterilization duties as assigned. Requirementso High 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.oDemonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusionDesiredoPrevious 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;oAbility 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.BENEFITSFor 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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