Dental Hygienist (Smithers, BC & Area) Term
Are you a Dental Hygienist looking for an opportunity to make a difference in First Nations communities? In the role of Registered Dental Hygienist you will travel across BC to deliver comprehensive preventive and therapeutic oral healthcare treatment, oral health education, and public health promotion programs to First Nations communities. Under the general and professional direction and supervision of the Manager, Oral Health Program, this unique position will help shape the future of oral healthcare for First Nations in BC. This is a term position until March, 2021.
Union Code: PSA (Public Service Alliance of Cda)
Hours per week: 37.5
Provides and implements a comprehensive oral healthcare services program for First Nations communities by traveling to communities, as required.
Provides a wide range of preventative and therapeutic oral healthcare services and/or duties to address clients’ oral health needs in First Nations communities as required. Oral Health services include but are not limited to: dental screenings, assessments, periodontal examinations, x-rays, dental hygiene diagnosis, local anesthetic, periodontal services such as scaling, root planning, dental prophylaxis, and therapeutic fluoride applications; preventive treatments such as nutritional counselling, tobacco cessation counselling, application of preventive resin sealants, and other basic clinical procedures which fall within the dental hygienist’s scope of practice in BC, and/or duties to address client oral health needs in First Nations communities as required.
Ensures that clients receive optimal oral healthcare treatment and education based on clinical assessment findings that aligns with the client’s goal for comprehensive oral health.
Develops, implements, and evaluates an active preventive oral health education and promotion program in First Nations and Inuit communities to promote dental health.
Provides findings, recommends a course of treatment and works in partnership with clients and families through a client-centered approach to help individuals achieve desired appropriate health and wellness outcomes. Co-creates a dental hygiene care plan with each client using agreed upon evidence-informed interventions and practices. Regularly monitors and adjusts each plan to help support goal success and maintain appropriateness to the client's condition and/or abilities.
Develops and maintains client records according to the practice standard policies set forth by the College of Dental Hygienists of BC (CDHBC) and aligning with those of FNHA including but not limited to dental and/or medical histories, oral assessment, dental hygiene diagnosis, radiographic findings, client treatment records, referral records, client goals, and regular preventive visit interval records.
Develops and maintains FNHA program files and/or records such as weekly services reporting and equipment and dental supply inventories at each location.
Produces, compiles, and analyzes statistical reports and technical data to communicate to other health professionals.
Identifies and documents oral health conditions requiring referral to appropriate oral health and/or medical professionals.
Promotes fluoride related public health programs within communities.
Supports the FNHA by aligning individual contributions with those of the team and group. Shares needed information with others in a timely and efficient manner.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
Education and Experience
Completion of an accredited dental hygiene program
3-5 years of experience working as a Dental Hygienist or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience
Current registration with the CDHBC, under the active practice 365-day exempt roster
Current CPR certification for Healthcare Professionals, including AED
Possesses a valid unrestricted driving license for automobiles (Class 5)
Requires travel to First Nations communities