Surgical Assistant

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Position Type:

Permanent Staff (SHRA)

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Position Title:

Dental Assistant - Journey

Working Title:

Surgical Assistant

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Full-time/Part-time Permanent/Time-Limited:

Full-Time Permanent

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Work Schedule:

Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm

Department Name and Number:

Craniofacial and Surgical Care-434000

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Position Location:

Chapel Hill, NC

Position Posting Category:

Health Professional (Physician/Nurse/Other)

Department Description:

The Division of Craniofacial and Surgical Care is a newly-formed academic unit within the Adams School of Dentistry that consists of five distinct units: Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Craniofacial Center, Hospital Dentistry, Dental Ecology, and Orthodontics.

Equal Opportunity Employer:

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

Position Description:

The Surgical Assistant in the Division of Craniofacial and Surgical Care is responsible for providing surgical and dental assisting duties to the dental faculty practice, student, and graduate clinics within the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery specialty. Tasks include preparing the clinic, setting up surgical trays using sterile techniques, assisting with a variety of surgical and dental procedures and obtaining surgical consent from patients, obtaining and documenting pre- and post-op vitals, and preparing patients for their procedure and subsequently review post-op instructions.

The Surgical Assistant is responsible for reviewing the surgical caseload at the beginning of each day and assisting with clinical education of students and medical emergencies when needed. The Assistant may be asked to take impressions, order x-rays, complete the appropriate pathology and microbiology forms, maintain operating room inventory and complete duties assigned by the direct supervisor or faculty member.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:

High school diploma or equivalency and completion of an accredited dental assisting program; or equivalent combination of training and experience.

Essential Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

- Knowledge of OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens, sterile technique, and infection control guidelines
- Ability to maintain composure and professionalism when exposed to stressful situations
- Ability to work cooperatively with faculty, residents, dental students, management, staff, and patients
- Ability to prioritize, organize, and complete tasks in a timely and independent manner
- Ability to understand and follow written and verbal instructions
- Ability to communicate and express thoughts and ideas competently
- Ability to quickly grasp relevant concepts regarding duties and responsibilities

Preferred Qualifications:

Basic comprehension of oral and maxillofacial surgical procedures.

DA II and/or Surgical Technician.

Required Licenses/Certifications:

CPR Certification.

Special Physical and Mental Requirements:

- Active movement throughout the day — sitting, walking, standing, squatting, bending, stooping, and reaching.
- Vision: close vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
- Hearing: able to satisfactorily communicate with patients, doctor, and other staff members to ensure that verbal communication is clearly understood, particularly during emergency situations.
- Ability to push up to 250-lb person in a wheelchair.
- Ability to move/lift up to 50 pounds.
- Ability to physically assist/lift drowsy patients after anesthesia.

Position/Schedule Requirements:

Patient care involved

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Job No:
Posted: 6/10/2021
Application Due: 6/20/2021
Work Type: Full Time