Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Dental Hygienist in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Oklahoma City, OK
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Monday 9/26/2016 (24 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 12/30/2016 (71 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1803823

OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

JOIN THE BEST . . . a team of dynamic professionals at the Oklahoma City VA Healthcare System. We are proud and honored to serve our nation's heroes, in a vibrant city that exhibits pioneer spirit, combined with old-fashioned hospitality. Come experience big-city amenities with small-city charm. Visitors and residents are delighted with the abundant historical, cultural, recreational, shopping, restaurant and entertainment venues offered in this enticing city. Sports fans can revel in the exploits of the Thunder NBA basketball team, Oklahoma City Dodgers AAA baseball team, and many national sporting events. In addition to the excellent grade schools in the area, there are numerous technical schools, junior colleges, colleges and universities from which to choose. Because of the low unemployment rate and modest cost of living, Oklahoma City area residents enjoy a very agreeable quality of life.

**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.


As a Dental Hygienist working in Dental Service, you will perform advanced clinical techniques and serve as an instructor for a dental hygiene program. You may also lead/supervise lower graded Dental Hygienist and Dental Assistants. Duties include, but are not limited to the following tasks:

  • Sets up operatory for planned dental procedure and cleans dental unit

  • Provides routine oral prophylactic care to include application of fluoride solutions

  • Provides gross debridement, deep scaling, and curettage and root planning procedures

  • Cleans dental prostheses, fixed and removable

  • Manages dental recall system, referring patients to the doctor for additional care when needed

  • Applies desensitizing and sealant materials

  • Makes impressions for fluoride carrier trays Administers topical anesthetic agents and local anesthetic (per State license)

  • Administers local anti-infective agents per direction of dentist

  • Accomplishes all procedures within standard infection control protocols

  • Provides patient education appropriate to the veteran's needs and oral condition

  • Instruments are properly prepared for sterilization by SPD standards

  • Assists patients in scheduling appointments

  • Maintains patient confidentiality per HIPAA with written and verbal information

  • Follows computer security regulations

  • Instructs and supervises dental hygiene students

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Functional*Statement Title/#: Dental Hygienist/0682*

Follows computer security regulations

  • Instructs and supervises dental hygiene students
Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

Basic Requirements:

  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • 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, 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.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Grade Determinations:

GS-9: Experience. At least 1 year of experience at the next lower grade level GS-08, that demonstrates the core competencies described at that level. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following technical KSAs and demonstrate the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs designated by an asterisk (*)

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities 1. Skill in performing specialized prophylactic and preventive dental hygiene procedures; 2. Ability to independently perform expanded dental functions under the technical guidance of a professional dentist; *3. Skill in providing individual and group oral health care instructions to patients and other staff regarding the practice of effective oral hygiene techniques; and *4. Skill in presenting oral hygiene lectures and demonstrations, and developing training materials.


VA HANDBOOK 5005/15, PART II, APPENDIX G37. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.

Physical Requirements:

Moderate Lifting 15 lbs-44 lbs; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking 1 hour; Standing 6 hours; Repeated bending 1/2 hour; Both Legs Required (If compensated by lower prosthesis, must be able to withstand other functional and environmental demands.); Near vision correctable at 13" to 16"; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/50 and to 20/100 in the other; Emotional and Mental Stability.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. [HR users - input the following if applicable to your JOA] VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.

Other Information

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

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

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

Salary Range: $56,526.00 to $73,479.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0682-09/09

Promotion Potential: 09

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: All groups of qualified individuals

Control Number: 450769000

Job Announcement Number: RT-16-SB-1803823-OCA-4CA-BU