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Health Care & Medicine
Dental Assistant-CERT
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Job Description


 Minimum Education
High School Diploma or GED

Minimum Work Experience

Specific Requirements and Preferences
Previous experience as dental assistant preferred.

Required Skills/Knowledge

Familiarity with dental protocols and procedures Excellent communication skills with patients, parents and staff members. Scope of practice for both states required knowledge by applicant.

Required Licenses and Certifications

Candidate must obtain in the state of Maryland a minimum required radiation licensure. In the District of Columbia must be licensed as a certified dental assistant no exception.

Functional Accountabilities

Provide chair side assistance during dental procedures
  1. Under the direction of dentists and dental residents, assist in patient examinations, restorative treatment and surgery.
  2. Prepare operative site as directed; passes appropriate instruments and equipment.
  3. Prepare dental treatment area; mix and prepare dental materials and dressings for all dental procedures.
  4. Prepare and assist in the administration of anesthetic agents.
  5. Assist with behavior management of patients.
  6. Provide dental health education and oral hygiene instructions to parents/patients; conduct tooth brushing and flossing demonstrations.
Maintain, prepare and sterilize equipment and treatment area
  1. Sterilize instruments; clean dental area post-operatively and replenish supplies.
  2. Clean, lubricate and maintain hand pieces and other mechanical equipment.
  3. Practice appropriate sterile procedures using aseptic technique and universal precautions with all patients.
Assist in performing radiographic procedures
  1. Prepare patient for radiographic exposure, take x-rays, and develop resulting x-ray films; clean and maintain x-ray film processor and x ray duplicator.
Assist in maintaining and replenishing inventory and supplies
  1. Maintain inventory and replenish dental supplies. Maintain inventory of orthodontic models; order supplies as directed.
  1. Speak up when team members appear to exhibit unsafe behavior or performance
  2. Continuously validate and verify information needed for decision making or documentation
  3. Stop in the face of uncertainty and takes time to resolve the situation
  4. Demonstrate accurate, clear and timely verbal and written communication
  5. Actively promote safety for patients, families, visitors and co-workers
  6. Attend carefully to important details - practicing Stop, Think, Act and Review in order to self-check behavior and performance

Organizational Accountabilities (Staff)

Patient Record Retrieval and Maintenance
  1. Retrieve patient records and documents as directed as well as scan charts into the dentrix software.
Organizational Commitment/Identification
  1. Partner in the mission and upholds the core principles of the organization
  2. Committed to diversity and recognizes value of cultural ethnic differences
  3. Demonstrate personal and professional integrity
  4. Maintain confidentiality at all times
Customer Service
  1. Anticipate and responds to customer needs; follows up until needs are met
  1. Demonstrate collaborative and respectful behavior
  2. Partner with all team members to achieve goals
  3. Receptive to others’ ideas and opinions
Performance Improvement/Problem-solving
  1. Contribute to a positive work environment
  2. Demonstrate flexibility and willingness to change
  3. Identify opportunities to improve clinical and administrative processes
  4. Make appropriate decisions, using sound judgment
Cost Management/Financial Responsibility
  1. Use resources efficiently
  2. Search for less costly ways of doing things

About Children's National Health System

Childrens National Medical Center is the only exclusive provider of pediatric care in the metropolitan Washington area and is the only freestanding childrens hospital between Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Norfolk, and Atlanta. Serving the nations children for more than 130 years, Childrens National is a proven leader in the development and application of innovative new treatments for childhood illness and injury.

Childrens National is proudly ranked consistently among the best pediatric hospitals in America by US News & World Report.

Our Culture

Children's mission is to be preeminent in providing pediatric health care services that enhance the health and well-being of children regionally, nationally and internationally. Through leadership and innovation, Children's creates solutions to pediatric healthcare problems. Children's excels in Care, Advocacy, Research, and Education to meet the unique needs of children, adolescents and their families. Children's leadership realizes that our employees are the heart of our medical center and the soul of our mission. One of our greatest assets is the diversity of our workforce, which adds to the richness of our culture. Teamwork, dedication, and professionalism are essential values and characteristics that make our employees unique.

Childrens internationally recognized team of pediatric healthcare professionals care for more than 360,000 patients each year who come from throughout the region, nation and world. Our employees share a sense of pride and commitment to the patients and families we serve. We aspire to provide patients and their families with the highest quality of care and service in a family-centered environment. In essence, we are a team of "Great People Providing Great Care."

Nursing Students

As a nursing student, you might already be craving hands-on experience at a highly respected hospital. You may be thinking about where or with which population you want to work after graduation.

At Childrens, a world-class teaching hospital and internationally-recognized leader in pediatric health, we invite nursing students at all stages of learning to explore the real world of working in a hospital setting and experience first-hand the challenges and rewards of this career.

Internship Program

The internship program provides the novice nurse with the knowledge base and skill set needed to transition to competence in clinical nursing practice. While providing the needed skills to meet the organization goals and mission, the program provides nurses with the leadership skills to work collaboratively within a multidisciplinary team. The program bridges the gap between undergraduate education and real-life professional nursing practice, delivering state-of-the art pediatric care.

The program is offered to new graduate nurses from an accredited nursing program with a passion for children. All new graduates, with less than one-year acute care experience, are eligible to participate in the program after obtaining licensure.