The Dental Hygienist position is located at the VA Medical Center Dental Clinic, Minneapolis, MN. You will be an integral member of a team devoted to providing the best possible care to our nation's veterans and helping the employees of the Minneapolis VA Health Care System meet our mission. The Dental Hygienist provides direct patient care under the general supervision of the dentist and performs other clinical and clerical functions independently of direct supervision. Major duties include but are not limited to: Sets up operatory for planned dental procedure and cleans dental unit for timely turnover Handles instruments safely, accurately, and efficiently Makes impressions for fluoride carrier trays Administers topical anesthetic agents Administers local anesthetic (per state license) Administers local anti-infective agents per direction of dentist Accomplishes all procedures within standard infection control protocols Schedules appointments in accordance with the business rules spelled out in the VA Directive 1230 Assists patients in scheduling appointments Assists in filling gaps in the schedule due to late cancellations and failed appointments Charts findings, treatment plans, and treatment provided in patient record Maintains patient confidentiality per HIPAA with written and verbal information Follows computer security regulations Modifies care as appropriate for patient's age and abilities (patient transfer and position) Provides accurate and understandable instructions to patients Participates in patient identification and time out per JCAHO requirements Work Schedule: Full-Time, Monday - Friday 7:00am - 3:30pm 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.