Nationwide Children's Hospital

  • Dental Assistant-Dental Surgery Center

    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(8/7/2018 10:30 AM)
    Requisition ID
    Allied Health
  • Overview

    Full Time; Benefits Eligible

    Hours M-F 7:00am-3pm

    This position will be predominantly at our Westerville Surgery Center, but also holds the potential to serve our main campus surgery center.


    The moment you walk through our doors, you can feel it. When you meet one of our patient families, you believe it. And when you talk with anyone who works here, you want to be part of it, too. Welcome to Nationwide Children’s Hospital, where Passion Meets Purpose.

    Here, Everyone Matters. We’re 12,000 strong. And it takes every single one of us to improve the lives of the kids we care for, and the kids from around the world we’ll never even meet. Kids who are living healthier, fuller lives because of the knowledge we share. We know it takes a Collaborative Culture to deliver on our promise to provide the very best, innovative care and to foster new discoveries, made possible by the most groundbreaking research. Anywhere.

    Ask anyone with a Nationwide Children’s badge what they do for a living. They’ll tell you it’s More Than a Job. It’s a calling. It’s a chance to use and grow your talent to make an impact that truly matters. Because here, we exist simply to help children everywhere.

    Nationwide Children’s Hospital. A Place to Be Proud.

    Provides efficient assistance for the dentist and/or dental hygienist and individualized instruction and guidance to all Dental Clinic patients, i.e. infants, children, adolescents and selected adults. Demonstrates competence defined (*) in Dental Assistant responsibilities in providing age-appropriate care and service to patients from the age of birth to 21 years, and selected adults.


    1. Assesses and reviews patient's dental charts prior to clinic to attune to the history and anticipated needs of the scheduled patient.

    *2. Assists in the physical preparation of patient, providing maximum comfort. Assists in explanation of routines and procedures to decrease or allay the patient's apprehensions.

    *3. Assists dentist and/or dental hygienist with proper instruments and materials needed in providing care and treatment to patients.

    *4. Takes, processes and mounts dental radiographs.

    5. Maintains maximum aseptic techniques throughout each dental procedure according to Hospital and OSHA standards.

    6. Assists dentists in the Operating Room and demonstrates knowledge of Operating Room procedures and techniques.

    7. Assists dentists in the clinic with dental surgery performed under analgesia.

    8. Assists dentists and/or orthodontist with instruments and appropriate materials needed for orthodontic procedures, and obtaining orthodontic diagnostic records.

    9. Greets and escorts patients to the appropriate operative area, and assists in behavior management with patients.

    10. Maintains neat and clean working area, and restocks dental supplies.

    11. Demonstrates knowledge of how to prepare for sterilization all dental instruments and materials, according to established standards and procedures.

    12. Anticipates possible emergency or crisis situations, directs and performs efficiently using sound judgment.

    13. Performs other related duties as assigned.

    14. Participates in teaching, evaluating, and orienting dentists, dental residents, dental students, dental hygiene students, and new employees as prescribed by dental faculty and teaching program.

    15. Maintains care of professional equipment and general supplies, reporting shortages to the Dental Clinic Supervisor.

    16. Communicates with the Dental Clinic Supervisor and Program Manager concerning activities of the clinic and patient care information.

    17. Supports the Philosophy and Objectives, Policies and Procedures of Children's Hospital, and assists in interpreting these to patients, parents, visitors and the community.

    18. Participates in research activities as directed, and incorporates recommendations from research into patient care activities.

    19. Shares in improvement in quality of patient care through participation in team conferences, keeps abreast of new equipment, procedures and current trends in dental assisting by attending demonstrations, in-service programs and workshops.

    • a. Attends all mandatory inservices by hospital, ambulatory and dental clinic.
    • b. Completes mandatory CHEX in-service when due.
    • c. Serves on hospital, ambulatory, dental clinic and/or clinic task forces.
    • d. Completes PALS in-service if required.



    1. High school graduate.

    2. Graduate of an accredited dental assistant training program or the equivalent in applicable experience.

    3. Current license to practice dental radiography in State of Ohio.

    4. Minimum of one year experience as a chairside assistant.

    5. Good communication skills.

    6. Demonstrates ability to treat and teach healthy and medically compromised patients.

    7. Possesses good manual dexterity.



    Sitting Constantly (67-100%)Talking on phone/in person Constantly (67-100%)Typing on keyboard Occasionally (0-33%)Standing/walking Frequently (34-66%)Lifting up to 25 lbs. Occasionally (0-33%)


    The above list of duties is intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by individuals assigned to this classification. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive list of duties performed by the individual so classified, nor is it intended to limit or modify the right of any supervisor to assign, direct, and control the work of employees under his/her supervision.


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