Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 572757
To fulfill President Lincoln's promise - "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.
This is a re-opening of announcement #11-572757TG. Previous qualified candidates on announcement #11-572757TG will continue to receive consideration and do not need to re-apply.
ALL APPLICANTS INCLUDING DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS NORTHERN CALIFORNIA HEALTH CARE SYSTEM EMPLOYEES: You must submit ALL required documents as indicated under How to Apply and Required Documents. Failure to provide all required documents/information will result in loss of consideration or a lower evaluation in rating and/or selection consideration. Applicants will not be contacted for additional information if their applications are incomplete or inadequate.
For positions covered by the Bargaining Unit (refer to Bargaining Unit Position below): First consideration will be given to employees of this facility.
Rotating Shifts: No
Required to work Holidays and/or weekends: No
WORK SCHEDULE: Monday thru Friday - 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Status: Exempt
Bargaining Unit Position: Yes
**RELOCATION EXPENSES AND/OR INCENTIVES ARE NOT AUTHORIZED**
U. S. Citizenship
Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required
Must pass pre-employment examination
Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
Background and-or Security Investigation required
English Language Proficiency required
The positions are located at the McClellan Outpatient Clinic. The Dental Hygienist provides direct patient care under the general supervision of the dentist and performs other clinical and clerical functions independently of director supervision. Reviews medical histories of patients with complex medical and/or psychological diseases. Manages treatment needs of patients with significant physical and mental disabilities. Duties include: set up operatory for planned dental procedure and cleans dental unit for timely turnover. Handle instruments safely, accurately, and efficiently. Provide routine oral prophylactic care to include application of fluoride solutions. Provide gross debridement, deep scaling, and curettage and root planning procedures. Cleans dental prostheses, fixed and removable. Manages dental recall system, referring patients to the doctor for additional care when needed. Apply desensitizing and sealant materials. Make impressions for fluoride carrier trays. Administer local anesthetic agents. Accomplish all procedures within standard infection control protocols. Provide patient education appropriate to the veteran's needs and oral condition. Prepare and provide individual and group oral health care instruction to inpatients, outpatients, and caregivers. Images are characterized by diagnostic quality, accurately oriented and exposed. Dental imaging safety techniques are utilized, and retakes are minimized. Demonstrate proper infection control procedures in setting up and cleaning up operatory. Instruments are properly prepared for sterilization by SPD standards. Instruments are prepared in a manner that does not delay clinical care. Demonstrates proper infection control procedure in exposing images. Provide customer service - assisting customers with questions or concerns and provide service recovery. Assist patients in scheduling appointments, filling gaps in the schedule due to late cancellations and failed appointments. Chart findings, treatment plans, and treatment provided in patient records. Maintain patient confidentiality per HIPAA with written and verbal information. Participates in patient indemnification and time out per JCAHO requirements.
Your salary and grade will be determined by the Professional Standards Board (PSB). The PSB is a peer review process. The PSB will review your individual qualifications, education, professional training/internship(s) and professional experience to determine the most appropriate salary and grade based on the individual accomplishments.
Must be proficient in spoken and written English.
Licensure. Applicants must be currently licensed to practice as a dental hygienist with a full, current, and unrestricted license in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth, or the District of Columbia.
Certification - Public Law 97-35 requires that persons who administer radiologic procedures meet the credentialing standards in 42 CFR Part 75.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE FOR GS-8 LEVEL: Requires a m inimum of 1 year of creditable, progressively responsible experience comparable to the next lower grade level (GS-7) directly related to the position being filled to include but are not limited to knowledge of state of the art preventive dentistry measures for patient instruction and training; knowledge of anatomy and physiology in order to interpret the examination request accurately; to understand the functioning and interrelationship of the various organs appearing on the film and the various stages of the examination to judge the acceptability of the radiograph for diagnostic use; and to correctly mount them for viewing; skill in providing individual and group oral health care instructions to inpatients, outpatients, Nursing Home Care unit patients, etc; and knowledge of VA, Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and related regulations and guidelines pertaining to dental matters.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
References : VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G37, Dental Hygienist available in the local Human Resources Office.
APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: 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. Applicants must, therefore, only report attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html . All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. *** 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. ***
When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx .
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment. You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.
You will be evaluated on the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAO's) during your assessment questionnaire. Applicants who meet the qualification and basic requirements will be further evaluated by the Professional Standards Board for this occupation to determine the extent to which their work or related experience, education, training, awards, outside activities, and supervisory appraisal, etc., indicate they possess the KSAOs listed below. All applicants should provide clear, concise examples that show the level of accomplishment or degree to which they possess the KSAO in their CV or resume. Incomplete, vague or contradictory information may affect the rating. Please review carefully before making an online response selection. Your application, resume and supporting documents will be used to verify your response.
Knowledge of state of the art preventive dentistry measures for patient instruction and training.
Knowledge of anatomy and physiology in order to interpret the examination request accurately; to understand the functioning and interrelationship of the various organs appearing on the film and the various stages of the examination to judge the acceptability of the radiograph for diagnostic use; and to correctly mount them for viewing.
Skill in providing individual and group oral health care instructions to inpatients, outpatients, Nursing Home Care Unit patients, etc.
Knowledge of VA, Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and related regulations and guidelines pertaining to dental matters.
Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us at http://www4.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp .
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.
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