Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Dental Hygienist in Columbia, Missouri

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The purpose of this position is to serve as a Dental Hygienist and provide direct patient care under the general supervision of a Dentist assigned the Dental Service and performs other clinical functions independently of direct supervision. Preventive and Periodontics section of the Dental Service within the VA Harry S Truman VA, Columbia MO (HSTVA)

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The Dental Hygienist sets up operatory for planned dental procedure by cleaning dental unit for timely turnover and handles instruments safely, accurately, and efficiently. Incumbent provides routine oral prophylactic care to include application of fluoride solutions, gross debridement, deep scaling, and curettage and root planning procedures. Cleans dental prostheses, fixed and removable, manages dental recall system, referring patients to the Dentist for additional care when needed. Applies desensitizing and sealant materials, makes impressions for fluoride carrier trays, administers topical and local anesthetic agents, and provides patient education appropriate to the veteran's needs and oral condition. Performs dental imaging which consists of taking digital and/or conventional radiographs of in-patients and outpatients according to prescription, including periapical, bitewing, occlusal, panoramic, cephalometric, and 3D imaging. Images are characterized by diagnostic quality, accurately oriented and exposed. Dental imaging safety techniques are utilized, and retakes are minimized, therefore, imaging requests are accomplished within the desired time frame. Responsible for Infection Control by demonstrating proper infection control procedures in setting up and cleaning up operatory as well as safety procedures in exposing images. Instruments are properly prepared for sterilization by SPD standards and in a manner that does not delay clinical care. Enters ADT orders into CPRS with information about future appointments and assists in filling gaps in the schedule to minimize missed opportunities. Annotates chart findings, treatments plans, and treatment provided in Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS). Maintains patient confidentiality per Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) with written and verbal information and follows computer security regulations.

Work Schedule: M-F 7:30am to 4:00pm Fi*nancial Disclosure Report:* Not required

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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Conditions of Employment
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period
  • Subject to a background/security investigation
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 01/29/2019. Basic Requirements: * United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. * Education. Associate Degree or higher in an accredited dental hygiene program. This program must be accredited by the American Dental Association's Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). * 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 of the United States, 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. Essentially, they must have successfully completed an educational program that meets or exceeds the standards described in that regulation, and is accredited by an organization recognized by the Department of Education, and be certified as radiographers in their field. Accredited dental hygiene programs contain curriculum addressing radiologic procedures which will meet the requirement for certification as dental radiographers. * Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019. * English Language Proficiency. Dental hygienists must be proficient in spoken and written English. Preferred Experience: Staff Dental Hygienists at the Full Performance Level

Grade Determinations: GS-5 GRADE REQUIREMENTS: None beyond the basic requirements.

GS-6 GRADE REQUIREMENTS: Experience: At least 1 year of experience at the next lower grade level. Assignments at this level include but are not limited to: serve as developmental level 1 dental hygienists. It is expected that they receive guidance from more experienced staff members for complex patient issues and require daily and direct contact at the site of work from the assigned supervisor. GS-6 KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: You also must demonstrate the following KSAs: 1. Knowledge of oral prophylactic, therapeutic, and preventive procedures for periodontal diseases, or inflammation, or on patients with other medical and/or dental problems. 2. Ability to use communication techniques to encourage and inform individuals and groups. 3. Knowledge of dental methods and techniques used in performing intra and extra oral procedures.

GS-7 GRADE REQUIREMENTS Experience: At least 1 year of experience at the next lower grade level that demonstrates the clinical competencies described at that level. Assignments at this level include but are not limited to: serve as developmental level 2 dental hygienists. It is expected that they perform more complex work while receiving less frequent supervision than at the GS-6 level. GS-7 KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: You also must demonstrate the following KSAs: 1. Knowledge of oral pathology to include disease of the hard and soft tissues, disorders of tooth structure, developmental and congenital anomalies, salivary gland disorders, symptoms of infectious disorders, and appropriate protocols. 2. Practical knowledge of medical diseases, conditions, and chronic degenerative diseases as they relate to dental health and treatment. 3. Knowledge of radiographic exposure techniques in order to produce radiographs of high diagnostic quality.

GS-8 GRADE REQUIREMENTS Experience: At least 1 year of experience at the next lower grade level that demonstrates the clinical competencies described at that level. Assignments at this level include but are not limited to: serve as developmental level 3 dental hygienists with the ability to perform direct patient care under the general supervision of the dentist. It is expected that they receive guidance from higher-level or supervisory staff members for only the most complex patients. Patient assessments (e.g. risk assessments, oral health assessments), prevention recommendations, prophylaxis, periodontal treatment for mild to moderate disease (e.g. scaling and root planing, full mouth debridement), Periodontal Screening and Recording (PSR) radiograph/image capture, fluoride treatment application, topical anesthesia administration, management of stable medically compromised patients (including risk factors). GS-8 KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: You also must demonstrate the following KSAs: 1. Knowledge of state of the art preventive dentistry measures for patient instruction and training. 2. Knowledge of anatomy and physiology in order to interpret the examination request accurately; to understand the functioning and interrelationship of the various anatomical structures appearing on the radiographic image and the various stages of the examination to judge the acceptability of the radiograph for diagnostic use; and to present for viewing. 3. Skill in providing individual and group oral health care instructions to inpatients, outpatients, Nursing Home Care Unit patients, etc.. 4. Knowledge of VA, The Joint Commission (TJC), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and related regulations and guidelines pertaining to dental matters.

GS-9 GRADE REQUIREMENTS: Experience: At least 1 year of experience at the next lower grade level that demonstrates the clinical competencies described at that level. Assignments at this level include but not limited to: serve as staff dental hygienists at the full performance level. It is expected that they provide direct patient care and receive guidance from higher-level or supervisory staff members for only the most complex patients and require only general supervision from a dentist. Patient medical assessment (e.g. medical/dental history, social history, vital signs, full periodontal assessment and charting), disease and treatment management recommendations, denture care, scaling and root planing, radiographs/image interpretation, patient education (e.g. post-procedure, tobacco cessation, caries and perio-disease prevention), behavior management, management of stable medically compromised patients (including risk factors), instrument sharpening, inter-service communication. GS-9 KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: You also must demonstrate the following KSAs: 1. Ability to assess the patient's medical, dental, anxiety/phobias, medications and comorbidities for safe patient care. 2. Ability to assess the impact of patient's medical and dental condition on maintaining oral health, recognize age-related changes in individual patients, adapt patient environment, and maximize patient's physical comfort. 3. Skill in detecting plaque and calculus, dental abnormalities/pathologies, assessing inflammation and providing safe instrumentation for each procedure. 4. Knowledge to select appropriate available fluoride products and indications/limitations for safe and proper application. 5. Knowledge of hygiene procedures in order to explain the process and indication, complications and expected treatment outcomes for each. 6. Knowledge of proper usage of dental radiography equipment, radiation safety, assessment of proper image capture and interpretation of films. 7. Skill in educating patients and caregivers on periodontal disease, wellness, health maintenance, oral hygiene practice.

References: VA Handbook, Part II, Appendix G37 Dental Hygienist Qualification Standards.

The full performance level of this vacancy is G9. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS5 to GS9.

Physical Requirements:Moderate lifting, 15-44 pounds; moderate carrying, 15-44 pounds; reaching above shoulders; use of fingers; use of both hands; walking 4 hours; standing 4 hours; sitting 4 hours; repeated bending 4 hours, body in awkward positions while performing dental work; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously


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This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

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Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

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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. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

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How to Apply

All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the full questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 01/29/2019 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click

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Agency contact information
Mary Boese

(573) 814-6389



Harry S Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital 800 Hospital Drive Columbia, MO 65201 US

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This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 01/08/2019 to 01/29/2019

Service: Competitive

Pay scale & grade: GS 5 - 9

Salary: $33,394 to $65,778 per year

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full-Time