Public Health Nurse Practitioner

Linn County

Cedar Rapids, IA Nursing / Healthcare $42.98 to $ $42.98 hourly

The Public Health Nurse Practitioner (PHNP) functions as a mid-level health care provider and is responsible for directing others and providing patient care in a caring, professional and cost-effective public health clinic. 

  • Under the direction of the Clinical Services Branch Supervisor, the PHNP will be involved in clinic operations including patient care, documentation, policy input, equipment and supply maintenance, community health planning, program implementation and evaluation, and outcome reporting. 

  • The PHNP will be expected to work both independently and in a team environment, ensuring ongoing, effective communication and respect. Knows the County’s Customer-Centered Culture principles, the County’s Mission, Strategic Plan and Core Values and demonstrates a commitment to customer satisfaction for all customers on a regular basis. 

  • Performs advanced patient medical and health assessments. Orders, performs and interprets laboratory tests and procedures that serve as the basis for disease management for all age groups. 

  • Provides patient consultation, referral and health education/prevention programs in consultation with the Medical Advisor, Clinical Services Branch Supervisor and Health Department staff. 

  • Participates in community health systems and clinical operations, acting as a role model in ensuring a customer-driven medical and health service delivery model. 

  • Participates in the ongoing evaluation of clinic systems to ensure quality services and cost effectiveness including department continuous quality improvement. Prescribes and/or dispenses prescription-only drugs, over-the-counter drugs, medical devices and/or appliances in accordance with the plan of accountability as approved by the Board of Nursing and Board of Pharmacy. 

  • Coordinates medical resources with community social service resources to meet patient needs. Participates in agency and community efforts to identify and implement evidence-based programs to address patient health needs. 

  • Participates in emergency response training, drills and situations. Participates in staff meetings to address changes in policies and procedures, maintains staff communication and ensures high-quality patient care. 

  • May perform tasks including, but not limited to, responding to or routing routine inquiries and directing individuals and clients to appropriate agencies. Recommends interventions to modify behavior associated with health risks. 

  • Educates patients about self-management, tailoring instructions to patients’ individual circumstances. Identifies factors affecting the health of a community (e.g. equity, income, education, environment) and the ways diversity may influence policies, programs, services and the health of a community. 

  • Identifies assets and resources that can be used for improving the health of a community and contributes to assessments of community health status and factors influencing health in a community. 

  • Contributes to the development of program goals and objectives and the implementation of the organizational strategic plan. 

  • Performs all other clinic service-related duties as needed. Knows the products they personally produce and the customers of each product. 

  • Listens to the “Voice of the Customer” and closes gaps between customer expectations and experience whenever possible.


  • Nurse Practitioner (NP) licensed in Iowa required with a minimum Master’s graduate degree that meets national credentialing criteria. 

  • A minimum of three (3) years working as a family Nurse Practitioner is required. Documentation of completion of an accredited Family Nurse Practitioner program. Experience in public/community health service delivery is preferred. Valid State of Iowa Driver’s License required. 

  • CPR certification required. Ability to complete best practices for differential diagnoses and disease management. 

  • Ability to work both independently and with a team in a growing and changing environment. 

  • Ability to provide and evaluate medical orders and provide input on policies and procedures. 

  • Ability to research effective treatments, programs and services to maintain evidence-based best practices. 

  • Ability to accurately record legal/medical documentation with an electronic medical record system. 

  • Ability to apply ethical principles in accessing, collecting, analyzing, using, maintaining and disseminating data and information. 

  • Responsible for annual statistical reports, data collection, and assisting with program/service evaluation including cost-effectiveness. 

  • Work is governed by broad instructions, objectives, and policies. Requires the exercise of considerable initiative and independent analytical and evaluative judgment. 

  • Must pass a County physical examination which includes a drug test after offering of employment. Regular work attendance required.

SHIFT: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday

Application Instructions:

DEADLINE:  Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.

Job ID: 69037

Posted 9 days ago

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