Public Health Nurse

Application Deadline: Monday, November 28, 2022, 4:30pm Central Time. (2 days remain) Time is running out Expires soon!

Scott County is accepting online applications for the following position.

Job Title: Public Health Nurse

Closing Date/Time: Monday, 11/28/2022, 4:30 pm

Salary: $28.46 to $39.23 per hour

Job Type: Full-time

Location: Davenport, Iowa

Job Summary

Under general supervision, the Public Health Nurse performs education, prevention, and follow-up activities related to immunizations, sexually transmitted diseases (STD), childhood lead poisoning, communicable and food-borne diseases, rabies, and non-public school health.

Job Responsibilities

Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following representative duties, knowledge, and skills. This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed by incumbents of this class. Employees are required to be in attendance and prepared to begin work at their assigned work location on the specified days and hours. Factors such as regular attendance at the job are not routinely listed in job descriptions, but are an essential function. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Provides immunization services to infants, children, and adults; responds to questions from medical providers, school/child care staff, and the public about immunizations; maintains vaccine standing orders.

Audits immunization certificates onsite at child care centers, preschools and schools; works with staff and families to comply with Iowa requirements; prepares reports.

Provides medical case management for children identified with lead poisoning including education, screening, and referrals for services.

Maintains passive electronic communicable disease surveillance system in partnership with schools.

Interviews, investigates, documents, and collaborates with local and state partners regarding suspected or confirmed reportable communicable diseases.

Provides tuberculosis, hepatitis B, bloodborne pathogens, hearing conservation, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation employee health services to new and existing Scott County employees.

Offers confidential STD/HIV counseling, clinical exams, testing, and treatment; refers clients when necessary to medical providers; assists individuals with implementing behavioral changes to reduce risks of becoming infected and infecting others; documents clinical activities.

Provides partner notification for positive STD/HIV/AIDS cases.

Provides consultant health services to non-public schools that do not have school health services available; educates school staff on current vaccination recommendations, medication administration, and standard precautions; educates students regarding personal hygiene and puberty; performs health screenings; reviews student health plans and records.

Provides child care consulting services to support health and safety in child care centers providing services to school age children in Scott County; conducts onsite health and safety assessments for the Quality Rating System (QRS).

Completes rabies risk assessments and referrals for post-exposure prophylaxis; coordinates information sharing with community partners.

Conducts formal informal trainings for medical providers, nurses, schools, child care providers, businesses, and other community agencies and organizations regarding disease public health topics.

Prepares a variety of program letters, educational materials, reports and statistics; updates program manuals and procedures; prepares materials for public education; answers questions from providers, schools, and the public.

Assists in annual grant applications; completes grant requirements regarding reporting and documentation.

Orders and maintains an inventory of all program and marketing supplies.

Participates in department efforts related to accreditation/reaccreditation, performance management, quality improvement, and workforce development.

Demonstrates the ability to exemplify, by his/her actions, the County PRIDE philosophy.

Performs related duties as assigned.

Standards for Initial Consideration

Education, Training, and Experience Guidelines:
Associate's degree in Nursing; AND two (2) years of nursing experience.

Knowledge of:
Applicable local, State, and Federal laws, codes, regulations, and ordinances.

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) STD treatment guidelines.

Immunization requirements and guidelines.

Work safety policies, procedures, and practices.

Records maintenance and retention policies, procedures, and practices.

Community health resources and programs.

Disease transmission, prevention methods, and treatment.

Phlebotomy practices, methods, and procedures.

Skill in:
Interacting tactfully and professionally with County staff, outside agencies, and the public.

Maintaining accurate records and documentation.

Preparing clear and concise reports.

Administering vaccinations to infants, children and adults.

Working efficiently both independently and as part of a team.

Following policies, procedures, and protocols.

Gathering and analyzing data and statistics.

Delivering educational presentations and information to large and small groups of varying age and background.

Collecting capillary and venous blood samples.

Maintaining confidential information.

Operating a computer including standard software and some specialized software.

Establishing and maintaining cooperative working relationships.

Communicating effectively verbally and in writing.

Supplemental Information

License and Certification Requirements
Must possess a license as a Registered Nurse in the State of Iowa
A valid Driver's license may be required for some assignments.
Must maintain a First Aid, CPR, and AED Certification.
Must possess a Mandatory Reporter certificate or obtain certification within six (6) months of hire.
Must possess an STD Clinician certification or obtain certification within six (6) months of hire.
Healthy Iowa Child Care Nurse Consultant certification may be required for some assignments within (6) months of hire

Physical Demands and Working Environment:
Work is performed in clinical and office settings and at various locations throughout Scott County.
Work requires exposure to seasonal weather conditions, potential physical harm from agitated clients, hazardous chemicals, and infectious diseases.
May be required to lift and move objects weighing up to 50 pounds.


The following is a summary of benefits provided to non-union County employees. Benefits for employees covered under a collective bargaining agreement may vary somewhat depending on specific contract provisions.