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$3,794 - $5,432 per month.

Seattle, WA, United States

Posted on
Jan 04,2019

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Union Position:
First Shift
As the region's only Level I Trauma center, Harborview Medical Center (HMC) is well known for innovations and excellence in trauma care and its centers of emphasis: Trauma, Burn, Neurosciences, AIDS/STD CARER, and mentally-and medically-vulnerable populations. In addition to the centers of emphasis, HMC serves a mission population for King County. Harborview employees are committed to the vital role the institution plays in the immediate community, as well as the entire Northwest region. HMC is owned by King County and managed by the University of Washington (UW) and serves as a training site for UW’s School of Medicine. The UW is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.

The Oral Maxillofacial Department is looking for a FULL-TIME (100%) HOSPITAL DENTISTRY ASSISTANT SPECIALIST to work in our Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Department.
Under general supervision, the person in this role will assist the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Attendings, resident physicians and nursing staff by performing delegated tasks that involve direct patient care; technical procedures or monitoring that may be invasive and require skills validations; transportation of patients, supplies and specimens; ordering and stocking of supplies; and maintenance of special equipment, including sterile equipment and set-ups. The HDAS role may include coordinating the clerical activities and supporting the front desk activities for patient care in the clinic. Participates in clinic and selected divisional activities to promote effective problem solving and communication.

Ensure exam rooms are stocked, clean and ready for patients.
Order, stock, maintain and use supplies and equipment in a cost-effective manner.
Clean, sterilize and package instruments according to clinic procedures.
Maintain instruments and equipment in working order and arrange for repairs if needed.
Monitor patient flow and assist in the management of multiple operatories simultaneously; verify the presence of the patient’s medical records, x-rays, and lab test results, as needed, prior to scheduled appointments.
Assist provider by facilitating use of technology, including EMR (electronic medical records) and PACS (electronic imaging).
Coordinate communication flow in the clinic, including answering and directing telephone inquiries to the appropriate individual.
Provide basic telephone screening per clinic protocols and recognize emergent/urgent problems and direct to the nurse or Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery attending or resident physician.
Coordinate clerical patient care activities and/or specialized technical duties unique to the assigned clinic by assisting in scheduling patients, triaging patients in clinic, ensuring accurate and expedited patient check-in and discharge, obtaining consents for care and referral information.
Take initiative to maintain patient flow for assigned providers/team.
Transport patients and lab specimens.
Complete billing documents as appropriate.
Schedule appointments for patients.
Perform delegated patient care activities/education in accordance with established standards of practice.
Make impressions, pour and trim study models as needed.
Take, and file radiographs, cephalograms and panorex films on all new patients and others as directed.
Assist RN with the preparation and monitoring of patients receiving sedation.
Present preoperative and postoperative instructions to patients and offer other patient teaching as directed.
Assist with Oral Surgery Clinic surgeries/procedures.
Accompany the Oral & Maxillofacial surgeon to the operating room, as directed.
Ensure that the ED cart is kept completely stocked.
Greet patients and families.
Review patient needs with providers daily, preferably at the start of each day or session.
Advocate for the patient/family by locating appropriate staff to address concerns.
Appropriately direct patients and others to other departments across the medical center.
Demonstrate an atmosphere/attitude of respect for human dignity and the uniqueness of each person encountered in the clinic setting.
Promote and protect general safety for patients/families/friends and co-workers through adherence to correct procedures, timely communication of messages and test results, and appropriate consultation.
Maintains knowledge of Nitrous Oxide analgesia procedures and Nitrous safety.
Act promptly and effectively during an emergency situation.
Maintain/improve own professional competence, knowledge and skills to meet identified self-learning needs and annual review requirements.
Apply appropriate policies, procedures, protocols, and standards of practice in performing duties.
Support development of clinic and divisional efficiency and effectiveness through participation in quality assessment and improvement activities.
Demonstrate support for clinic and divisional policies and procedures.
Promote and contribute to the development of team in clinic and working relationships between the clinic and other departments/disciplines.
Participate in orientation of new staff Other duties as assigned.
Quality of work.
Mission Centered Professional Practice.
Interpersonal Skills.
Integrity and Compassion.
Patient Care Advocacy.
Team Work/Collaborative Practice.
Patient/Family Satisfaction/Customer Service.
Respect For Patient Confidentiality.
Current certification as a dental assistant (CDA) or the ability to obtain same within six months; AND three years of experience as a dental assistant in a general practice setting and one year of experience in specialty practice (such as endodontics, periodontics, oral surgery, orthodontics, or hospital dentistry), OR equivalent education/experience.

Registration with the State of Washington as a Dental Assistant.

This position provides opportunities to work in a fast-paced, challenging, diverse and rewarding environment. As an employee you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.
The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability
, and committed to becoming climate neutral.
The University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.
To request disability accommodation in the application process, ****-543-6452 (tty) or ****

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