**This is an open continuous announcement. We accept applications for this occupation on an ongoing basis; qualified applicants will be considered as vacancies become available. Applicants will be referred to selecting official on a continual basis until all vacancies are filled OR until the closing date of this announcement. Applicants need not re-apply once the application is referred to the selecting official.** The dental assistant is an oral healthcare professional trained to provide supportive procedures for the dentist and for the patients. The incumbent performs a wide range of intra-oral dental procedures and provides chair side assistance in the clinic and operating room setting, as needed. Assistants should use time out protocols to confirm patients' identity with at least two hospital approved identifiers before seating and preparing patients for treatment. The dental assistant will: Prepare patient, sterilize and disinfect materials, and assist dentist during dental procedures. Expose dental diagnostic x-rays. Take dental histories and vital signs of patients. Assist dentist in management of medical or dental emergencies. Provides administrative support to the clinical staff rendering care to those Veterans eligible to receive treatment. Responsible for the maximum utilization of centralized scheduling to encompass both outpatient and inpatient appointments and coordination of Dental Providers at the WPB VAMC, for the master control of all Dental clinics and appropriate notification to Veterans for future appointments. Responsible for assuring compensation and pension examinations are scheduled within mandated guidelines. Continually monitors patient flow, maintains contact with clinical support staff to resolve delays and miscommunication in the clinical aspect of providing dental care. Ensures patient access to care by having dental appointments properly scheduled. Accurately inputs data requesting follow-up appointments or treatment and generates letters to patients informing them of clinic appointments. Provides advisory and technical assistance to both patients and staff with regard to eligibility for dental treatment, as well as other special programs (i.e. Beneficiary Travel, Fee Basis, Nursing Home and Domiciliary Care. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 12:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 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.