|Ability to perceive events realistically, to think clearly and rationally, and to function appropriately in routine and stressful situations.
Students must independently and accurately assess or contribute to the assessment of a client
- Identify changes in client health status. Prioritize multiple dental activities in a variety of situations.
|Critical thinking skills demanded of dental hygienists require the ability to learn and reason: to integrate, analyze and synthesize data concurrently.
Students must be able to solve problems rapidly, consider alternatives and make decisions for managing or intervening in the care of a client.
- Able to make effective decisions in the classroom and in the clinical setting.
- Able to determine previous treatment and explain findings with a client.
- Develop / contribute to dental care plans that accurately reflect client concerns.
- Able to make decisions reflective of classroom learning in the clinical setting.
|Ambulatory capability sufficient to maintain a center of gravity when met with an opposing force as in supporting, and/or transferring a client|
- Position clients
- Reach, manipulate, and operate equipment, instruments and supplies (e.g. syringes, sterile equipment, monitors)
- Perform/use electronic documentation
- Lift, carry, push and pull
- Perform CPR
|Ability to plan routines, to think clearly and rationally, and to function appropriately in routine
Able to manage time within a given time period
- Able to follow program policies and procedures set forth in lecture, lab and clinic
- Prioritize tasks in a clinic appointment routine (e.g. clinic set up, clean up, infection control protocol, radiology protocol)
- Attends lecture, lab and clinic on time.
|Ability to tolerate lengthy periods of physical activity.
Able to tolerate repetitious and strenuous work.
- Move quickly and/or continuously
- Tolerate long periods of sitting
|Communicate in English with others in oral and written form.
Able to communicate with clients and members of the health care team in order to plan and deliver safe care.
- Utilize oral and written communication skills sufficiently for teaching/learning and for interaction with others
- Read, understand, write, and speak English with clarity
- Use appropriate vocabulary
- Demonstrate good listening skills and focus on client while communicating
- Explain treatment procedures in a well-organized progression of ideas
- Aware of non-verbal messages
- Use of appropriate non-verbal communication
- Initiate and/or reinforce health teaching
- Write clear, concise, and accurate progress notes
- Read and understand the client's chart
- Aware of voice volume, using attitudes and tone that are effective in communicating information
- Document client responses
- Clarify communications received
|Interact with clients, families, staff, peers, instructors, and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural and intellectual backgrounds.|
- Establish rapport with clients, families, and colleagues
- Respond professionally to instructor or peer feedback, positive and negative
- Respond in a professional therapeutic manner to a variety of client expressions and behaviors
|Auditory ability sufficient to hear normal conversation
and/or assess health needs
||• Ability to monitor alarms, emergency signals, auscultatory sounds (e.g. B/P, cries for help, telephone interactions, dictation)
• Communicates with clients, families and colleagues
|Visual ability sufficient for observation, assessment, and performance.of safe dental care.|
- Observes client responses
- Discriminates color changes
- Accurately reads measurement on client-related equipment
- Read medication label
- Read syringe accurately
- Able to determine parts of the dental instrument as they are adapted to the oral cavity
- Evaluate for a safe environment
|Tactile ability sufficient for physical assessment, inclusive of size, shape, temperature and texture.|
- Performs palpation e.g. pulse
- Performs functions of intra- and extra oral exam, dental and periodontal examinations and/or those related to preventive and therapeutic interventions (e.g. exploring, instrumentation)
|Possess the emotional health required for full use of "intellectual” abilities, the exercise of good judgment, and the prompt and safe completion of all responsibilities.|
- Demonstrate professional abilities of trustworthiness, empathy, integrity, confidentiality
- Able to work with groups of people and one-on-one
- Able to be flexible and change when needed
• Learn to function in the face of uncertainties and stressful situations
|Ability to tolerate environmental stressors|
- Work with chemicals and detergents
- Tolerate exposure to odors
- Work in close proximity to others
- Work in areas of potential physical violence
- Work with infectious agents and blood-borne pathogens