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STERILIZATION TECHNICIAN

Company: University of Washington
Location: Seattle
Posted on: June 24, 2022

Job Description:

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty.The Department of Orthodontics at the School of Dentistry is one of the premier clinical training programs for orthodontists in the country. We provide excellent clinical care in our busy clinics with predoctoral students, graduate students, and faculty providers. It is important to us that all of our employees to feel valued, respected and included. Thus, we are very committed to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. This collaborative style helps us to utilize a team-oriented approach as we work together to accommodate our patients' needs.The Orthodontic Assistant 1 Sterilization Technician will perform routine dental sterilization duties of instruments and clinic areas, monitor and regulate patient flow in and out of the clinic, and set up and break down dental units.RESPONSIBILITIES---Knowledge of orthodontic procedures and instruments; ability to accurately set up clinical units and prepare for clinical care---Seat patients in preparation for planned procedures, show appropriate care and concern for patients---Be responsible for proper sterilization and set-up of instruments (hand instruments, pliers, and handpieces)---Monitor for patient arrival during clinical hours---Evaluate sterility of instruments/submit spore testing---Perform other tasks as assigned by Supervisor and/or Clinic Director---Maintain laundry service for clinic lab coats---Sterilize all instruments for dental treatment---Set up and clean treatment area---Pick up and transport used instruments and instrument cassettes from all patient care areas to the decontamination area for processing---Assemble and set up patient equipment---Load and operate instrument washer---Perform, analyze, and document sterilizer function using indicators and tests; take appropriate action for abnormal results---Load autoclave carts and sterilize instruments singly or in sets, as appropriate---Inventory shelf-life of processed items; rotate trays and products to accommodate inventory movement before shelf-life expiration dates; remove outdated trays and products from shelves---Load and unload autoclave carts and place sterile instruments in proper locations in sterilization area---Inspect and assemble packages based on the guidelines---Verify and document successful sterilization cycles---Perform other clinical duties as requiredMINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:Completion of a training program for dental assistants; current certification as a dental assistant (CDA) or the ability to obtain same within six months; or six months of dental assistant experienceOREquivalent education/experience.LEGAL REQUIREMENTRegistration with the State of Washington as a Dental AssistantDESIRED:Interpersonal:Good interpersonal skills to maintain effective rapport with patients, parents, doctors, and other staff members; legible handwriting; good grammar for intra- office communicationsComputer Skills:Familiarity with computers; basic knowledge of word processing, email, and web browsers; and proficiency with dental software, including the ability to gain skills with new software and hardwareVerbal Skills: Ability to effectively communicate with patients and parents regarding orthodontic treatment, and to clearly articulate orthodontic protocols to pre-doctoral and graduate studentsPhysical Skills:Dexterity and hand coordination to perform manual tasks as outlined in the job responsibilities, and the ability to lift at least 25 poundsApplication Process:The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process.These assessments may include Workforce Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others.Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select "Apply to this position". Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your "My Jobs" page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington state law.Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 or dso@uw.edu.COVID-19 VACCINATION REQUIREMENTGovernor Inslee's Proclamation 21-14.2 requires employees of higher education and healthcare institutions to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless a medical or religious exemption is approved. Being fully vaccinated means that an individual is at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. As a condition of employment, newly hired employees will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination. View the Final candidate guide to COVID-19 vaccination requirement webpage for information about the medical or religious exemption process for final candidates.

Keywords: University of Washington, Seattle , STERILIZATION TECHNICIAN, Professions , Seattle, Washington

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