Jobs Public Health Nurse I

Public Health

$26.91 - $34.45/hour


Various Locations, Southwest

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The Pottawattamie County Public Health Department is announcing the hiring of a full-time Public Health Nurse I to serve citizens throughout 6 Counties in Southwest Iowa. 

This position will perform intermediate advanced human support work administering shots, conducting disease investigations; working with outside agencies, collecting lab specimens, and related work as apparent or assigned. Work is performed under the limited supervision of the Public Health Nurse II. 

Essential Functions

Assists with the general functions of the clinic

Assists with comprehensive individual and family assessments

Administers immunization shots

Administers direct client care

Orders supplies; enters medical records in computer system; reviews data for correctness

Conducts disease investigations and responds accordingly

Attends health fairs and collaborates with outside organizations on health promotion and disease prevention

Assists with the emergency preparedness programs

Collects lab specimens and/or performs testing; reviews and interpret lab results; performs phlebotomy work

Essential Knowledge, Experience, and Ability

General knowledge of the principles, standards, practices and techniques of practical and vocational nursing

General knowledge of the dangers inherent in and the precautions to be taken in the use of drugs and other medication

General knowledge of treatment, assessment, immunization and related medical services

General knowledge of local and State rules, regulations, procedures and policies pertaining to nursing services; general knowledge of the principles of public health services

General knowledge of the methods of organizing, coordinating and carrying out health and wellness programs

Skill in administering examinations, tests and treatment

Skill in the use of personal computers, associated software packages, hardware, and peripheral equipment

Skill in excellent customer service

Skill in administering shots and vaccinations

Ability to exercise judgment in appraising situations and making decisions

Ability to accurately maintain patient medical records and prepare reports

Ability to handle confidential information according to established procedures

Ability to solve problems within scope of responsibility

Ability to communicate effectively in oral and written form

Ability to diagnose and administer treatment of a variety of common illnesses and injuries

Ability to prepare and maintain records and reports

Ability to repair and maintain assigned tools, equipment, and vehicles

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with Administrators, coworkers, nurses, program leads, patients, and the general public.

Essential Education, Certification, and/or Licenses

Associates/Technical degree with coursework in practical nursing, vocational nursing, or related field

Registered Nurse preferred; and moderate experience assisting with general nursing operations, administering vaccinations, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Special Qualifications

Possession of State of Iowa Licensed Practical Nurse or Licensed Vocational Nurse upon hire, Registered Nurse preferred.

Possession of Red Cross CPR certification, BLS and State of Iowa Department of Human Services Child and Adult Abuse certification upon hire.

Obtain Incident Command System (ICS) 100, 200, and 700, basic epidemiology training, blood borne pathogen training and Respirator Fit Test within 6 months of hire.

Valid driver's license in the State of Iowa.

It’s great environment to work in.  I have enjoyed working for Pottawattamie County helping people. 

Kathie, Real Estate Specialist
4 Years with Pottawattamie County