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Date:  Jan 6, 2023

ARCADIA, FL, US, 34266

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Requisition No: 485411 

Agency: Department of Health

Working Title: OPS DENTAL HYGIENIST - 64914060

Position Number: 64914060 

Salary:  $25.00-$35 per hour 

Posting Closing Date: 03/05/2023 

OPS Dental Hygienist - 64914060 - Open Competitive


Your Specific Responsibilities:

The incumbent, an employee of the DeSoto County Health Department (CHD), represents the agency and its mission and values.  The incumbent is part of the organization and is expected to promote cooperation, courtesy, and teamwork in a diverse environment. 

This is an OPS Dental Hygienist position that will provide services in a structured environment for the DeSoto CHD dental program under the direction and supervision of the Dental Executive Director. The preferred candidate will work 40 hours per week, but a part-time schedule is available.

  • Assesses patient’s mouth and dentition and charts any pathologic disorders.
  • Performs all tasks allowed by Florida Statute, including dental assessment, prophylaxis, SRP, exposure of x-rays, application of topical fluoride and sealants 
  • Instruct patients in oral hygiene utilizing appropriate aides.
  • Maintain patients' records, through electronic health records (HMS, Dentrix).
  • Complies with DOH security policies and guidelines.
  • Accurately document records as instructed by the dentist and the CHD Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Appropriately maintains state equipment and instruments through lubrication, sterilization, and daily cleaning.
  • In a courteous and accurate manner, informs the public of clinical procedures and CHD services
  • Attends and participates in dental health unit staff meetings.
    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Knowledge of dental procedures, expanded functions, dental materials, dental terminology, and excellent customer service.
  • Knowledge of Electronic Records and digital radiographs, portable x-ray.
  • Skills in preparation of dental materials, skills in sterilization and infection control, skills in equipment maintenance.
  • Skills in delivery of expanded functions, skills on record keeping, computer skills, skills on efficient patient flow.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with clients and co-workers.
  • Ability to work well with others, team player.
  • Ability to avoid and resolve conflict in a professional manner.
  • Licensure as a Florida Dental Hygienist
  • CPR certification
    The preferred candidate is bilingual in the English and Spanish languages.
    Florida Department of Health Mission, Vision, and Values:
    To protect, promote & improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county & community efforts.
    To be the Healthiest State in the Nation.
    nnovation: We search for creative solutions and manage resources wisely.
    C ollaboration: We use teamwork to achieve common goals & solve problems.
    A ccountability: We perform with integrity & respect.
    R esponsiveness: We achieve our mission by serving our customers & engaging our partners.
    E xcellence: We promote quality outcomes through learning & continuous performance improvement.
    Where You Will Work:
    Arcadia, Florida
    Please be advised:
    Your responses to qualifying questions for this position must be verifiable by documentation provided through the electronic application process.  
    This position requires a security background check and/or drug screening and participation in direct deposit. Any misrepresentations or omissions will disqualify you from employment consideration. Note: You will be required to provide your Social Security Number (SSN) in order to conduct this background check Successful completion of a drug test is a condition of employment for safety-sensitive positions.
    Male applicants born on or after October 1, 1962, will not be eligible for hire or promotion unless they are registered with the Selective Services System (SSS) before their 26th birthday, or have a Letter of Registration Exemption from the SSS. For more information, please visit the SSS website: 
    If you are a retiree of the Florida Retirement System (FRS), please check with the FRS on how your current benefits will be affected if you are re-employed with the State of Florida.  Your current retirement benefits may be canceled, suspended or deemed ineligible depending upon the date of your retirement. 
    The successful candidate will be required to complete the Form I-9 and that information will be verified using the E-Verify system.  E-Verify is operated by the Department of Homeland Security in partnership with the Social Security Administration to verify employment eligibility.   
    Incumbents may be required to perform emergency duty before, during, and/or beyond normal work hours or days.
    Florida has the third-largest population of veterans in the nation with more than 1.5 million service men and women.  The Florida Department of Health (department) is committed to serving members of the United States Armed Forces, veterans and their families by encouraging them to apply for vacancies that fit their area of knowledge and/or expertise.  Through the Department's VALOR program, which expedites licensing for military veterans, the Department also waives initial licensing and application fees for military veterans who apply for a health care professional license within 60 months of an honorable discharge. These initiatives help ensure that the transition from military service into the workforce is as smooth as possible and reflects our appreciation for the dedication devoted to protecting our country.    

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

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