Poison Information Specialist

A Poison Information Specialist is a further specialized Toxicology Nurse, trained to help people who have accidently ingested poison or are looking for information on poison.
Required Education
ADN or BSN
Attributes
Fast-paced
Independent
Out-of-hospital
Patient-facing
Varied
You’ll typically work alongside pediatricians in a hospital or outpatient facility, but you could even run your own practice.
What you’ll do
What you’ll do

Assistance

You’ll provide phone, video and one-on-one assistance to patients, and parents of children who have ingested toxic substances.

Counsel

You’ll provide patients and families with emotional support.

Education

You’ll teach poisoning prevention and treatment at schools and businesses.

Where you’ll work
  • Businesses
  • Poison control centers
  • Schools
How to become a Poison Information Specialist

01

Get an Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN) or Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).

Take elective courses in pharmacology or poison control.

02

Pass the NCLEX-RN .

03

Work as a Registered Nurse, gaining experience in an emergency room or toxicology unit.

04

Get your Poison Information Specialist Certification through the American Association of Poison Control Centers.

05

You’re ready to work as a Poison Information Specialist.

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