Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Dental Hygienist in Prescott, Arizona

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Summary

As a Dental Hygienist, you will provide dental oral hygiene and ancillary dental services to the veteran population enrolled at the Northern Arizona VA Health Care System (NAVAHCS), Prescott Arizona

Clinical - Procedures commonly recognized by the dental profession for safe performance by a licensed dental hygienist include the removal of all hard and soft deposits and stains from the human teeth to the depth of the gingival sulcus, polishing natural and restored surfaces of teeth, performing clinical examination of teeth and surrounding tissues for diagnosis by the dentist, and performing other such procedures as may be delegated by the dentist.

Administrative - Follows all VHA, Medical Center and Service Directives, Memorandums and Policies. Effectively participates hygienist's meetings, staff meetings and service conference calls. Collaborates with dentists, dental assistants and schedulers a manner that enhances coordination of patient care. Has knowledge and expertise the use of the functionalities applicable to medical record documentation and patient management contained both the Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS) and Dental Record Manager(DRM).

Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm

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Responsibilities

The licensed dental hygienist may perform the following duties when assigned or delegated to the dental hygienist by a NAVAHCS dentist; Dental prophylaxis, Scaling and root planning, Subgingival curettage, Administration of local anesthesia (may only be performed under direct supervision), Exposure of radiographs, including digital, of the mouth, gums, jaws, teeth or any portion thereof for dental diagnosis, Application of topical fluorides including varnishes, Provides patient education including demonstration of oral hygiene procedures and oral health care regimens, Taking and recording of a patient's blood pressure, pulse, temperature, and medical history and charting of oral conditions, Serving as chair side dental assistant, Maintenance of instrument and operatory infection control in compliance with Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) standards for clinical and laboratory dental operations including the testing of water quality, Preparation of instrument trays, The placement and removal of matrices for restoration, Removal of cement from restorations and bands, Removal of sutures and staples, Fabrication, placement and removal of temporary restorations including stainless steel and polycarbonate crowns, Placement and removal of rubber dam, Placement and removal of socket dressings or periodontal dressings, Taking alginate impressions for any purpose other than permanent restorations, Prepares, mixes dental materials including impression materials per manufacturer's instructions, Holding and removal of impression material after placement in the patient's mouth by the NAVAHCS Dentist, Packing and removing retraction cord, with or without vaso-active chemicals, for restorative dental procedures, Placement of amalgam in prepared cavities for condensation by the dentist, Placement of cavity bases and liners, Sulcular irrigation with antimicrobial agents if prescribed by the supervising dentist, Application of desensitizing agents, Application of topical anesthetic and anti-inflammatory agents, Irrigating extraction site, Chart clinical findings and treatment plan in the Dental Record Manager (DRM) component of the computerized patient medical record (CPRS), Is in compliance with patient identification, time-out and reusable medical equipment processes, Pours and trims dental stone models, Fabricates vacuum-formed stints, soft mouth guards and fluoride trays, Polishes dentures and other prosthetic appliances, other duties as assigned.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

9

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0682 Dental Hygiene

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Conditions of Employment
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period
  • Subject to a background/security investigation
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
Qualifications

Basic Requirements: * United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. * English Language Proficiency. Licensed practical or vocational nurses appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in [both] spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d). * Physical standards - All applicants must meet the physical standards for the position. A physical examination prior to employment may be required. * Designated Drug Testing Position: Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with the VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received. * Education - Must posses an Associate Degree or higher in an accredited dental hygiene program. This program must be accredited by the American Dental Association's Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). * Applicants must be currently licensed to practice as a dental hygienist with a full, current, and unrestricted license in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or the District of Columbia. References: VA Handbook 5005/73, Part II, Appendix G37, DENTAL HYGIENIST QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated May 12, 2014.

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-09.

Physical Requirements:Physical demands are usually include moderate lifting of 15-44 pounds; Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (2 hours); Repeated bending (3 hours); Near Vision correctable at 13' to 16' to Jaeger 1 to 4; Both eyes required; depth perception; Hearing (aid permitted), and Mental/ Emotional stability required.

Education

IMPORTANT:A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

Note:Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

Additional information

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

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Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  • Resume

VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/searchaction.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey;=&Action;=Search.

The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's, documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).

  • Cover Letter
  • DD-214
  • VA Disability Letter
  • Resume
  • SF-15
  • SF-50
  • Transcript

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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How to Apply

All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the full questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 05/25/2018 to receive consideration.

  1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  2. Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.

NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

To verify your application is complete, log into your USA JOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process. To return to an incomplete application, log into your USA JOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USA JOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

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Agency contact information
Connie Chambers
Phone

928-445-4860 X6578

Email

connie.chambers2@va.gov

Address

Bob Stump VA Medical Center 500 Highway 89 North Prescott, AZ US

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Next steps

Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email. After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

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Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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  • Social security number request
  • Privacy Act
  • Signature and false statements
  • Selective Service
  • New employee probationary period

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/499446900. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 05/12/2018 to 05/25/2018

Salary: $50,598 to $65,778 per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 9

Work schedule: Full-Time

Appointment type: Permanent