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Registered Dental Hygienist
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Competition #:01207191
Employee Type:CASUAL
Bargaining Unit:BCGEU
Hourly Wage:$28.54 - $35.62

Position Summary

Kamloops Public Health is seeking an experienced Dental Hygienist to join its Dental Team on a casual employment basis.

The Dental Team focuses dental services to children zero to 6 years of age in various community settings (e.g. Health Centres, Child Development Centres, Community Agencies, Friendship Centres, and Schools). Services include risk assessments for dental decay, fluoride varnish clinics, school surveys, presentations targeting high-risk groups and vulnerable populations, preschool/daycare kits and family counseling sessions.

This position practices in accordance with the standards of professional practice and code of ethics as outlined by the College of Dental Hygienists of British Columbia and provides dental health prevention and promotion services for communities in Interior Health.

Interior Health Dental Hygienists function with a great degree of independence with an understanding of policies and procedures involved with preventive dental programs.

Typical Duties and Responsibilities are, but not limited to:
• Delivering programs in accordance with established policies procedures and guidelines by performing duties such as providing leadership for the coordination of the regional dental services in the assigned area and developing strategies for targeted populations to meet their dental health needs.
• Providing clinical best practice and direct dental services such as performing dental health surveys, screenings, referrals, counseling and follow-up for individuals in community dental services and teaching dental health and conducting demonstrations in community settings.
• Developing and coordinating interdisciplinary workshops and coordinating inter-agency programs in the community related to the dental program.
• Acting as a resource for dental information to members of the community and other IH health professionals/staff.
• Participating in approved research and special projects in collaboration with designated personnel/team and other health care professionals.
• Applying an evidence-based approach to clinical problem solving through methods such as reviewing relevant literature/resources and applying approved research findings in clinical practice.

Casual employment includes: short-notice, on-call availability; workload coverage during a temporary absence; and/or providing relief coverage in a specific position. Shifts, when available, will be between the working hours of 08:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Casual employment means there are no guarantee of hours and work requirements can vary between Zero and 3.75 hours per week. Interior Health requires employees who work casual to work a minimum of 225 hours over a (twelve) 12 month period. A Casual employee will receive 12.6 percent of their straight time pay, exclusive of all premiums, in lieu of scheduled vacations and statutory holidays. Upon completion of 180 hours, a Casual employee has the option of purchasing medical, dental and extended health benefit plans.

If you are seeking additional work to complement existing workload with an opportunity to work in Public Health, we invite you to apply.

Education, Training and Experience:
• Diploma in Dental Hygiene from an accredited School of Dental Hygiene.
• Current practicing registration with the College of Dental Hygienists of British Columbia.
• Minimum one (1) year recent, related dental hygiene experience including experience in a community health organization would be an asset.
• Current valid BC driver’s license.

Skills and Abilities:
• Assessment and Treatment: Demonstrated ability to complete initial and ongoing client assessments (clinical and diagnostic reasoning) through appropriate/prescribed technical, therapeutic, safety type interventions.
• Teaching: Ability to teach clients and others both one-on-one and in groups.
• Knowledge Integration: Integrates best practice and current research evidence to support professional practice decisions and actions.
• Communication: Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with clients, families, the public, medical staff and members of the interdisciplinary team using verbal, written, computer communication means. Ability to effectively apply conflict resolution skills.
• Critical Thinking: Demonstrated ability to integrate and evaluate pertinent data (from multiple sources) to problem-solve and make decisions effectively. Applies the problem solving process demonstrating critical thinking and decision making skills using a systems approach.
• Human Caring and Relationship Centered Practice: Ability to promote client-focused care that demonstrates care for and with clients and significant others, sensitivity to diverse cultures and preferences, client advocacy and social justice concerns.
• Management: Demonstrated ability to organize work, set objectives and establish priorities. Manages time and resources, implements activities to promote cooperation among the interdisciplinary team and collaborates across disciplines.
• Leadership: Promotes staff morale, engagement and empowerment. Demonstrates creative planning for change and innovation, implementation of IH policies or other protocols, and ongoing professional development of self and others.
• Teamwork: Demonstrated ability to foster teamwork and a commitment to excellence in the provision of client care.
• Equipment: Demonstrated computer skills including the use of Meditech and Windows based programs. Demonstrated data analysis skills including appropriate data analysis and reporting tools. Demonstrated ability in the use of e-mail and word processing. Ability to operate other related equipment as required in the specific practice area.

**Interior Health now offers assistance from an Aboriginal Employment Advisor. If you self-identify as Aboriginal (First Nations, Metis or Inuit) and if you would like assistance with the application process, job readiness, interview readiness or tips for resume and cover letter writing, send your inquire via email to to be redirected to the Employment Advisor.

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