Oral Surgery Assistant

Job Description

The Oral Surgery Assistant (OSA) assigned to the Oral Surgery Clinic provides support to the clinic staff. The OSA collaborates with the clinic registered nurse, oral surgery residents and attendings to provide multi-disciplinary patient care.

Responsibilities

PATIENT POPULATION - (CLINICAL ONLY) 5% Engages in population appropriate communication. Has knowledge of growth and development milestones and tasks. Gives clear instructions to patients/family regarding treatment. Involves family/guardian in the assessment, initial treatment and continuing care of the patient. Identifies any physical limitations of the patient and deploys intervention when necessary. Recognizes and responds appropriately to patients/families with behavioral health problems. Interprets population related data and plans care appropriately. Identifies and responds appropriately to different needs resulting from, unique psychological needs or those associated with religious / cultural norms. Performs treatments, administers medication or operates equipment safely. Recognizes and responds to signs/symptoms of abuse or neglect. � Adheres to standard hospital procedures under the direction of the Perioperative Clinical Manager and performs in a manner conducive to personnel and patient safety. - 10% � Ensures the operatory is stocked and cleaned before and in between procedures. Prepares mayo tray/supplies in operatory. Utilizes clean technique and universal precautions during set-up and patient care. Performs a pre-procedural check on equipment necessary for procedures. Reports equipment or operatory problems to the clinic charge nurse for resolution and follow up. - 20% � In tandem with RN, determines if the patient has been NPO, in compliance with pre-op orders and has an escort present. - 5% � After the patient is seated in the operatory, attaches EKG, oximeter, and noninvasive blood pressure monitor to the patient receiving conscious sedation. Records baseline vital signs, allergies, height, weight, medications and other pertinent data on the appropriate form and reports to the oral surgeon and the registered nurse. - 5% � Assists the oral surgery residents in all surgical procedures per clinical policy, including local and conscious sedation procedures. Assists the resident with airway support during the procedure. - 20% � Remains in the operatory at all times during conscious sedation procedures. Assists the registered nurse during the post-procedure phase. - 5% � Properly disposes of sharps. Returns instruments to the decontamination room. Cleans the operatory per Perioperative Services clinical policies and procedures. - 5% � Ensures the operatory is re-stocked. - 5% � Greets the patients in the waiting area. Takes, develops and properly marks and files x-rays. Cleans the automatic x-ray developer weekly. Seats patients in exam rooms in a timely manner. - 5% � Assists the residents in taking impressions and pouring study models. Assists with preparing final models for the laboratory and contacts appropriate lab for pick-up. - 5% � Demonstrates an interest in improving patient care by contributing to the planning, implementation and evaluation of patient care. - 5% � Participates in all unit conferences and staff meetings. - 5% | Review the physical demands and assign an overall average percentage of time this position performs these activities. These physical demands will not be listed or rated on the annual performance appraisal. Climbing:�Ascending or descending stairs, ladders, ramps, etc, using feet and legs and /or hands and arms - 0% Stooping:�Bending body downward and forward by bending spine at the waist - 25% Kneeling:�Bending legs at knees to come to a rest on knee or knees - 5% Reaching:�Extending hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction - 100% Standing: Remaining upright on the feet, particularly for sustained periods of time - 100% Walking:�Moving about on foot to accomplish tasks - 100% Pushing 0-10 lbs:�Use of upper extremities to press against something with steady force in order to move something forward, downward or outward - 50% Pushing 11-20 lbs: Use of upper extremities to press against something with steady force in order to move something forward, downward or outward - 50% Pushing 21-50 lbs: Use of upper extremities to press against something with steady force in order to move something forward, downward or outward - 0% Pushing 51 lbs or more: Use of upper extremities to press against something with steady force in order to move something forward, downward or outward - 0% Pulling: Use of upper extremities to exert force in order to drag, haul or tug objects in a sustained motion - 10% Lifting 0-10 lbs: Raising objects from a lower to a higher position, or moving objects horizontally from position-to-position and requires the use of upper extremities and back muscles - 50% Lifting 11-20 lbs: Raising objects from a lower to a higher position, or moving objects horizontally from position-to-position and requires the use of upper extremities and back muscles - 50% Lifting 21-50 lbs: Raising objects from a lower to a higher position, or moving objects horizontally from position-to-position and requires the use of upper extremities and back muscles - 0% Lifting 51 lbs or more: Raising objects from a lower to a higher position, or moving objects horizontally from position-to-position and requires the use of upper extremities and back muscles - 0% Carrying 0-10 lbs: Holding and moving/transporting an object about - 100% Carrying 11-20 lbs: Holding and moving/transporting an object about - 100% Carrying 21-50 lbs: Holding and moving/transporting an object about - 100% Carrying 51 lbs or more: Holding and moving/transporting an object about - 100% Fingering: Picking, pinching, typing or otherwise working primarily with fingers rather than with the whole hand or arm, as in handling - 50% Feeling: Perceiving attributes of objects such as size, shape, temperature or texture by touching with skin, particularly that of (using) fingertips - 100% Talking: Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word - must convey detailed or spoken instructions to others accurately, loudly or quickly - 100% Hearing: Perceiving the nature of sounds at normal speaking levels with or without correction, and having the ability to receive detailed information through oral communication - 100% Seeing: The process of perceiving objects by use of the eyes to perform an activity - visual acuity requirements include ability to discern position of object(s), shape of object(s), color, depth perception or visual inspection - 100%

Qualifications

High school diploma or GED. Certificate of attendance from an approved School of Dental Assisting combination of education . | Prefer current Certification for Dental Assistant; or must be certified within two years of employment. | Prefer two (2) years recent work experience in dental/oral surgery office practice or related work experience.