Nursing Services

In addition to providing a prompt, efficient, caring health regimen, we maintain close working relationships with Unity Point Grinnell Regional Medical Center — the hospital located in Grinnell — and with local health care providers, clinics, and pharmacies.

Our health services include:

  • Assess and treat minor illnesses and injuries using standard orders from our medical director 
  • Provide first aid for cuts, wounds, and burns, and dispense wound care supplies as needed 
  • Dispense free over-the counter medications
Cold/allergy medicines: nasal decongestants, cough drops, cough syrup, Claritin, Benadryl, Emergen-C
Anti-diarrheal, Pepto Bismol, Antacids
Hydrocortisone cream, Bacitracin, Calagel
Lip ointment, antiseptic oral cleanser
Eye drops
Disposable heating pads and cold packs
Antifungal powder and cream
  • Schedule appointments for student with local providers for illness, injury, study abroad physicals, STI testing, contraception, and immunizations
  • Provide education and assistance with insurance issues 
  • Faculty notification for students with long-term illnesses or injuries (i.e. mono, concussion, hospitalizations, etc.) with written consent obtained by student 
  • Free tests for students (at the discretion of the nurse)
Urine pregnancy
Strep A 
Blood glucose 
  • Test Provided at Cost 
Plan B 
TB skin test 
  • Free safer-sex supplies available in the lobby: condoms, dental dams, lube — no appointment necessary 
  • Free flu shots – Watch for the flu vaccine clinics offered on campus in early fall 
  • Outreach and Health Education
  • If you self-administer insulin injections, sharps containers are available free of charge to you through Student Health and Wellness. Medical waste can then be returned to SHAW to dispose of properly.


SHAW encourages you to notice how you’re feeling and to be proactive in seeking care.
If you make an appointment at SHAW and are unable to keep it, please call to cancel. That way, another student can use that appointment time.

Scheduling a Nursing Appointment

SHACS Online is an electronic record system. It generates email reminders for SHAW appointments, lets you to manage your health forms, and book some nursing appointments at SHAW. Please visit SHACS Online (login required).

  • If you think you might need to see a nurse, but you aren’t sure, call SHAW at 641-269-3230 for a quick phone consultation.
  • If you are experiencing physical symptoms which are manageable but concern you, either:
    • Self-schedule a nursing appointment using SHACS Online or
    • Call SHAW at 641-269-3230 to schedule an appointment
  • If you believe you are having a medical or mental health emergency,
    • Come directly to SHAW (during business hours, when classes are in session).
    • Contact Campus Safety at 641-269-4600 (24 hours per day, every day).

Scheduling and Classes

SHAW will do their best to schedule your appointment in a time that fits with your schedule. However, we have a limited number of providers with a limited number of available appointments. You may need to miss part or all of a class to make an appointment. Making your health a priority in the beginning will keep you healthy. Missing part of one class to take care of yourself is better than missing a week because your condition worsened.

Late Arrivals

Appointments are in high demand so please arrive early to your scheduled appointments so you have enough time to check in. 
If you arrive late, you may not be seen. You should arrive 5 minutes prior to your nursing appointment.

During Your Visit

Before every nursing appointment at SHAW, you will be asked to fill out a brief questionnaire. Your actual appointment may take between 10-30 minutes, depending on the nature of your symptoms.

We encourage you to ask questions and make sure you understand what you need to do to feel better. The nurse you see will ask you questions about your symptoms, may check vital signs such as your temperature or blood pressure, and may provide you with triage care or free over-the-counter medications, ice pack or bandages.

If the nurse feels that you may need more extensive or specialized treatment, you will be referred to a physician in the community or region or to the emergency room at Unity Point Grinnell Regional Medical Center. The nurse will help ensure you have transportation in these cases.


If you are referred to services off campus, we will ask for your permission to consult with those service providers about you. While you do not have to give us this authorization, we believe that such consultation improves everyone's ability to provide you with the best possible care. Consultation of this sort is the standard of care in the mental health and health professions.

Off Campus Providers

Following are contact numbers for providers of primary health and mental health care and services in Grinnell. This list does not constitute recommendation or endorsement of any of these providers and is not updated regularly. For information about specialists, dental care providers, and providers and services in other central Iowa locations, please contact Student Health and Wellness at 641-269-3230.

Gallager Student Health provides Grinnell College student health insurance coverage information.

Mobile Clinic for Reproductive Health

Primary Health Care of Marshalltown offers a mobile reproductive health clinic the first and third Mondays of the month from 3-7 p.m. The mobile bus is located at the Light Center for Community Health, 306 4th Ave, Grinnell, IA. To schedule an appointment call the Marshalltown Primary Health Care Medical Clinic at 641-753-4021 and tell the receptionist that you are a Grinnell Family Planning patient.

Services covered are:

  • Annual reproductive exams (all genders),
  • Contraceptive management (all methods available, including LARCs such as IUD and Nexplanon),
  • Reproductive life planning,
  • STD testing and treatment,
  • Pregnancy testing,
  • Other problems related to sexual health - yeast infection, UTI, etc.

Family Providers

  • Family Medicine: 641-236-6740
  • Grinnell Family Care: 641-236-7524
  • Unity Point Grinnell Regional Family Practice: 641-236-2500


  • Grinnell Regional Medical Center
    • Switchboard: 641-236-7511
    • ER: 641-236-2380

SubAcute Care

If it is determined that a student is too ill to remain on campus but does not require full hospitalization, he/she/they may be referred to the SubAcute Care Program at Grinnell Regional Medical Center (GRMC).  Students are referred to the SubAcute Care Program by a physician in consultation with our Medical Director Dr. Laura Ferguson or our Director Deb Shill, R.N.

In the SubAcute Care Program, students stay at GRMC overnight and receive limited nursing care and meals, provided by GRMC staff, at no cost. All other expenses, including lab work, physician visits, physical therapy, and prescribed medication, will be billed to you.

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