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DENTAL ASSISTANT 1


Seattle, WA
USA

Job Description
As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a "Great College to Work For" for six consecutive years.

The Department of Endodontics at the School of DENTISTRY is one of the premier clinical training programs for endodontists in the country. Our faculty, staff, and students have a teamwork approach to clinical care to ensure the patient has the best possible treatment experience. We are particularly interested in applicants with a diverse background and range of experiences. The Department of Endodontics is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Under direct supervision, the Dental Assistant 1 will assist dentists or dental students in dental examinations and in the treatment of patients; assist faculty in the instruction of dental students; prepare patients, operate equipment, sterilize instruments, mix temporary treatment materials and assist in the performance of expanded dental duties.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Seat patients, adjust chair and prepare patient for dentist; develop, mount and file x-ray films.
  • Operate water, air and evacuating equipment.
  • Sterilize and prepare instruments for set ups; fill, drain and clean sterilizer; prepare supplies.
  • Prepare and mix temporary treatment materials.
  • Deliver and set-up nitrous oxide and oxygen tanks weighing approx. 20-25 lbs.
  • Maintain dental records and files; maintain inventory and requisition supplies.
  • Clean and maintain dental chair and equipment.
  • Demonstrate four-handed instrument exchanges.
  • Assist faculty and Dental Assistant 2 in various fundamental four-handed techniques, such as correct chair positioning and instrument exchanges.
  • Instruct patients in home care.
  • Perform related duties as required.

    MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS/QUALIFICATIONS:
    Completion of a training program for dental assistants; current certification as a dental assistant (CDA) or the ability to obtain same within six months; or six months of dental assistant experience OR equivalent education/experience.

    DESIRED SKILLS/EXPERIENCE:
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Critical thinking; problem solving skills
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize tasks
  • Experience working with diverse populations
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion

    LEGAL REQUIREMENT: Registration with the State of Washington as a Dental Assistant.

    Application Process:
    The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select "Apply to this position". Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your "My Jobs" page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.
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