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Poison Information Specialist


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:

  • Fast-paced
  • Multifaceted
  • Patient-facing
  • Independent

How You'll Get There
  • Get Your
    Associate 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 Your
    National 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 Your
    Poison information specialist certification through the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC).
  • Become a
    Certified Poison Information Specialist

More About this Specialty
  • Where You
    Can Work

    • Poison control centers
    • Schools
    • Businesses

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  • What Else You
    Can Expect

    • 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.

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