Poison Information Specialists are further-specialized Toxicology Nurses. Some can also be licensed pharmacists. They treat patients who have ingested poison, and work with schools and businesses on poison prevention and treatment. As a Poison Control Specialist, you’ll mainly work in poison control centers, and should have experience in the emergency room and intensive care units.
Things You'll Do:
- Assist patients, who have ingested poison, over the phone
- Teach poison prevention and treatment to schools and businesses
Your job characteristics:
Get YourAssociate of Science in Nursing (ASN) or Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Taking elective courses in pharmacology or poison control is helpful for this specialty.
Pass YourNational Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN)
You can start working as a Registered Nurse.
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You’ll need experience in the emergency room or intensive care units, as well as significant clinical experience in toxicology nursing before applying to take your poison information specialist certification exam.
Get YourPoison information specialist certification through the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC).
Become aCertified Poison Information Specialist
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What Else You
- Education is a big part of your job, speaking with the public, particularly young children, about the dangers of poisons.
- This is a niche specialty, so getting certified can greatly increase your job prospects.