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Multnomah County Health Department
March 21, 2023
Job Type: Regular Represented
Exemption Status: United States of America (Non-Exempt)
Closing Date (Open Until Filled if No Date Specified)
THIS WORK MATTERS!
The Expanded Practice Registered Dental Hygienist works collaboratively with an integrated care team to provide direct dental hygiene clinical treatment and education in oral health maintenance and prevention to mobile medical clinic patients. The position develops and implements an individual preventive oral health program for clinic patients, other interested individuals and organizations. The position provides much-needed education and prevention services to a culturally diverse population that often has limited prior exposure to modern dental procedures. Creates a work culture of respect, trust and understanding for the highly diverse populations the Health Department serves in the office and in the community. Every employee shares the responsibility for promptly bringing to the County's attention conduct that interferes with providing a work environment free of illegal discrimination and harassment. This is a Limited Duration position.
As the Dental Hygienist, you will provide:
Direct Patient Care
Provide clinical dental hygiene services, including prophylaxes, administering local anesthesia, scaling and root planing, fluoride application, complete periodontal charting and periodontal treatment; expose and mount dental radiographs; place dental sealants; take blood pressure, review and sign paper medical history forms of patient information, treatment plan, and proper chart documentation.
Capture and save intraoral diagnostic information, including intraoral images, where appropriate.
Demonstrate and teach oral hygiene methods and develop an individual prevention plan for each client that considers and includes the patient’s physical, mental and emotional skills and/or limitations, as presented or shared by the patient.
Administer topical and local anesthesia.
Prescribes fluoride and antimicrobial solutions.
Works to meet set productivity goals.
Indirect Patient Care
Seeks clinical consultation from other clinicians as needed as part of practice management.
Provide consultation to other role groups. Helps prioritize and direct activities of the care team.
Coordinates with behavioral health, pharmacy, medical and dental providers to effectively integrate care.
As needed, provides coverage for clinical colleagues in their absence.
Completes patient documentation and manages electronic in-basket according to established policies and procedures.
Follow-up on utilization issues (ED, hospital admissions) including specialty referrals and consultations - with support from Primary Care team members.
Supports integration of Teledentistry in the mobile clinic settings to provide optimal patient care.
Works closely with Mobile Clinic care team members including medical provider, medical assessment, case manager and others.
Participates in team, professional, and Health Center-wide meetings to remain connected to new and changing programs and services that may benefit Mobile Clinic patients.
Participates in continuing education to maintain licensure, and current, evidence based practices.
Oversee and control strict asepsis controls to prevent transmission of communicable diseases; maintain strict control over the dispensing and use of toxic materials. Maintains chain of infection control during care and charting, and takes responsibility for infection control in the clinic for dental services.
Maintains and follows all safety standards and protocols. In order to have ample equipment available for patient care.
EPDH will manage sterilization of all dental equipment needed for mobile dental services, including processing and sterilizing instruments, according to the dental protocol for instrument sterilization.
Completes charting in a timely manner. Maintain a safe clinic and workplace.
Position will receive safety and health training so that they can safely and properly do their work.
Position will be required to follow all policies/procedures in place to promote a safe and healthful workplace.
Position will incorporate safe work practices with each task performed and actively participate in initiatives designed to promote a safe work environment.
Diversity and Inclusion: At Multnomah County, we don't just accept difference; we value it and support it to create a culture of dignity and respect for our employees. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. As a Health Department employee you will create a work culture of respect, trust and understanding for the highly diverse populations the Health Department serves in the office and in the community. Every employee shares the responsibility for promptly bringing to the County's attention conduct that interferes with providing a work environment free of illegal discrimination and harassment.
We will consider any combination of relevant work experience, volunteering, education, and transferable skills as qualifying unless an item or section is labeled required. Please be clear and specific about how your background is relevant. For details about how we typically screen applications, review our overview of the selection process page.
Schedule will be 4 days per week: 10 hours/day, with 2 late days and 2 early days. Mondays and Tuesdays - late days, 10:30 am - 9:00 pm Wednesdays and Thursdays - early days, 7:30 am - 6 pm
Minimum Qualifications/Transferable Skills*:
Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be as noted below. All non-traditional education, training and experience will be evaluated.
Equivalent to an Associate’s Degree AND,
One (1) to four (4) years of experience that demonstrates the ability to perform the duties
Dental Hygiene license issued by the State of Oregon
BLS CPR Certification (Please attach a copy to your applicant materials)
Expanded Practice Permit
Nitrous oxide permit
Multnomah County COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement: To protect the health of the community and employees, Multnomah County requires employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have an approved medical or religious exemption as a qualification of employment. The rule applies to all employees, as allowable by law. Candidates who receive an offer of County employment must provide proof of vaccination upon hire or submit an exception request prior to their start date.
Preferred Qualifications/ Transferable Skills*: You do not need to have the following preferred qualifications/ transferable skills to qualify. However, keep in mind we may consider some or all of the following when identifying the most qualified candidates. Please clearly explain on your application how you meet any of the following preferred qualifications/transferable skills.
*Transferable skills: Your transferable skills are any skills you have gained through education, work experience (including the military) or life experience that are relevant for this position. Be sure to describe any transferable skills on your application and clearly explain how they apply to this position.
SCREENING & EVALUATION:
The Application Packet: You must submit all requested items below. Failure to do so will be deemed as an incomplete application.
1. Attach a Resume demonstrating you meeting minimum qualifications; AND
2. Attach a Cover Letter addressing the following:
Demonstrate your experience working with diverse vulnerable populations; and
How you meet the qualifications for this position; and
Why you are interested in the position
Note: The application, resume and cover letter should clearly demonstrate your work experience/skills and how they relate to the descriptions provided in the ‘Overview’ and ‘To Qualify’ sections of the job announcement. Please be thorough, as these materials will be scored and determine your eligibility to advance in this recruitment process.
The Selection Process: For details about how we typically screen applications, review our overview of the selection process page. We expect to evaluate candidates for this recruitment as follows:
Initial review of minimum qualifications
Resume and Cover Letter Review
Consideration of top candidates
Note: Application information may be used throughout the entire selection process. This process is subject to change without notice.
Diversity and Inclusion: At Multnomah County, we don't just accept difference; we value it and support it to create a culture of dignity and respect for our employees.
We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran or protected veteran status, genetic information and other legally protected characteristics. The EEO Know Your Rights poster is available for your reference. Multnomah County is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor. We request priority protected veteran referrals.
Veterans’ Preference: Under Oregon Law, qualifying veterans may apply for veterans’ preference. Review our veterans’ preference page for details about eligibility and how to apply.
Accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act: We gladly provide reasonable accommodation to anyone whose specific disability prevents them from completing an application or participating in this recruitment process. Please contact the recruiter below in advance to request assistance. Individuals with hearing or speech impairments may contact the recruiter through the Telecommunications Relay Service by dialing 711.
Recruiter: Darcy Stjernberg Morey
Phone: +1 (503) 9885958 x85958
Application information may be used throughout the entire selection process. This process is subject to change without notice.
Disclaimer: This announcement is intended as a general descriptive recruitment guide and is subject to change. It does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.
Desired Start Date
$40.55 - $49.92 Hourly