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Zufall Health Center Dental Assistant in Hackettstown, New Jersey

Dental Assistant

Hackettstown, NJ 07840, USA

Req #10880

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Welcome to Zufall Health!

Position Summary

The Dental Assistant reports to the Site Manager and Assistant Site Manager (if applicable) with clinical oversight from SVP of Dental Services, SVP of Nursing and Clinical Operations, and Chief Medical Officer. The Dental Assistant is responsible for assisting the dentist(s) and dental hygienist(s) in the direct provision of primary care dental services to patients of Zufall Health. The Dental Assistant is also responsible for sterilization, preparation, and inventory control of all instruments and supplies.

Essential Functions, Duties, and Responsibilities

  • Serves as dentist’s or dental hygienist’s chair-side assistant

  • Prepares operatory for patient treatment as per ZHC protocols and the dentist’s or dental hygienist’s directions

  • Assists patients in resolving minor difficulties, answering their questions, and giving directions to patients as authorized by the dentist or dental hygienist

  • Exposes and develops dental radiographs in accordance with the state regulations and law as well as ZHC directive and protocol

  • Performs independent procedures as delegated and directed by the dentist in accordance with the state regulation and law and ZHC directive and protocol

  • Maintains dental Department equipment in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions for use and Dental Department policy and protocol

  • Maintains all Dental Department areas in compliance with Dental Department directives and protocols as well as ZHC policies and procedures relative to infection control, blood borne pathogens, exposure control, and safety issues

  • Maintains all dental department’s materials, equipment, and ensures the sterility of all clinical materials and equipment in accordance with the products standards , ZHC infection control policies, Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) and The Joint Commission (JC) standards

  • Maintains adequate operatory supplies and compiles a list of individual item shortages for inventory control and ordering purposes

  • Maintains a list of all Dental Department patients, monitors patient flow, and assists the SVPof Dental Services, dentist(s) and dental hygienist(s) in ensuring that all patient records and documents are properly and accurately completed and filed

  • Receives and places work-related telephone calls consistent with professional matters, clinic business and ZHC patient care needs

  • Assist with various clinical and administrative functions of the center as appropriate.

  • Ensures the proper disposal of all contaminated or potentially contaminated materials in accordance with Dental Department directive, ZHC policy as well as state and federal regulation(s)

  • Performs all functions in full compliance with ZHC and the Dental Department Blood Borne Pathogens Exposure Control plan including but not limited to the use of Personal Protective Equipment and Universal Precautions

  • Participates in appropriate health promotion / disease prevention activities, both on-site and off-site as required

  • Travels between sites when required to meet ZHC needs

  • As directed by a supervisor, performs other related and/or necessary tasks to achieve organizational and programmatic goals and objectives

  • Responsible for maintaining personal compliance with all applicable federal, state, local and ZHC rules. Follows all regulations, protocols and procedures including but not limited to participating in the provision of clinical dental care, as well as workplace safety, public health, and patient confidentiality in keeping with HIPAA rules and regulations

  • Conducts routine testing of dental units

  • Available to provide proper coverage of auxiliary staff, when staff calls out sick, providing lunch and late coverage

  • Demonstrates and teaches new staff, students, interns, and volunteers the use of equipment and proper dental protocol as it relates to patient care

  • Works in patient intake areas as needed

  • Performs other duties as assigned

    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Requires a comprehensive knowledge of dental assisting techniques and procedures for all phases of general dentistry

  • Knowledge of modern dental materials, their storage, handling, and applications is required.

  • Completion of accredited course in dental assisting preferred

  • Ability to attend to multiple tasks at the same time and prioritize assignments and responsibilities to ensure compliance with established deadlines and protocols

  • The Dental Assistant must be able to creatively work with other health care professionals from a variety of disciplines to achieve maximal results for the center’s patient

  • Effective oral and written communication skills in English are required

  • Effective oral communication skills in Spanish required

  • The Dental Assistant must be cognizant of the expectations and concerns of the center’s dental patients and be able to respond in an empathetic and professional manner

  • The ability to work with people from diverse social, ethnic, and economic backgrounds is necessary

  • Working under stressful conditions as well as irregular hours may be required

  • Frequent exposure to communicable diseases, body fluids, toxic substances, medicinal preparations, radiation, and other conditions common to a clinical environment may routinely be encountered

  • Prolonged sitting or standing may be required

  • Those physical movements and the degree of mobility, manual dexterity and hand-eye coordination normally associated with dental assisting in the general practice of dentistry will be performed on a repetitive basis

  • The ability to distinguish between letters and symbols and the ability to utilize telephones, computer terminals and copiers are required

  • Learn and apply the trauma informed care principles with the scope of the position

    Education, Training and Experience

  • High school diploma or GED certificate

  • Certified Dental Assistant preferred

  • Registered Dental Assistant preferred

  • Current CPR (BLS) required

  • Valid Radiology license in NJ

  • Fluent in both English and Spanish required

  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office, typing, and use of electronic medical records are required

As a condition of employment, we require that all staff are fully vaccinated against flu. Therefore, if hired during flu season (typically between September-May), all new employees need to be fully vaccinated against flu and are required to provide documentation of receiving flu vaccines upon hire.

Zufall Health an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, medical conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Thank you for taking the time to apply!

Other details

  • Job Family Clinical

  • Pay Type Hourly

  • Min Hiring Rate $21.00

  • Max Hiring Rate $27.82

  • Hackettstown, NJ 07840, USA