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Poison Information Specialist

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Posting Details


Job Description Summary:

The National Capital Poison Center, founded in 1980, is an independent, private, not-for-profit 501©(3) organization affiliated with The George Washington University Medical Center. In recognition of its high quality, the Center is accredited by the American Association of Poison Control Centers.

The mission of National Capital Poison Center is to prevent poisonings, save lives, and limit injury from poisoning. In addition to saving lives, Poison Control decreases health care costs of poisoning cases.

The National Capital Poison Center is seeking a Poison Information Specialist to provide telephone toxicologic consultations to public and health professional callers involved in the management or prevention of poison emergencies. During poison information training, works concurrently with a Senior Specialist in Poison information and reports to the Executive Director, National Capital Poison Center.

Duties include:

-Receives telephone calls from the general public concerning poisoning victims as well as information requests; Obtains and records pertinent information, analyzes potential toxicity, determines type and severity of exposure, and recommends management plan

-Documents consultations including completion of the medical record, computer-coded or on-line data form, and appropriate research protocol forms

-Makes follow-up calls at appropriate intervals, determines if recommendations were followed and whether additional procedures are warranted, provides additional information and assesses the outcome of the exposure

-Provides comprehensive state-of-the-art information to health professionals regarding anticipated clinical course, diagnostic approach, interpretation of laboratory results, and appropriate invasive, supportive and antidotal treatment recommendations; Serves as an information resource person for health professionals, regulatory agencies, industry, and the general public

-Pursues a program of professional development; Participates in planning and presenting professional orientation, training and continuing education; Provides toxicology training (via direct supervision and on-line one-on-one teaching) of health professional students, residents and fellows; Makes a significant contribution to several of the following poison center functions: resource maintenance, poison prevention educational programs, clinical research projects, scientific manuscript preparation, quality assurance and data collection activities, AAPCC projects and committees

-Enhances knowledge and skills through attendance at seminars/workshops and reviewing published literature

-Performs other work related duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.

Minimum Qualifications:

• RN/BSN with at least 2 years of clinical experience, or one year of critical care or emergency medicine experience, or one year of prior experience in poison control.
RPh/BSPharm with at least 2 years of clinical experience.
PharmD (PharmD level pharmacists are not required to have clinical experience beyond the clinical experiences and didactic training required for the degree)

Licensure as a registered nurse in DC (or current out-of-state licensure and evidence of application for DC nursing license),
Licensure as a registered pharmacist in DC (or current out-of-state pharmacy licensure and evidence of application for DC pharmacy license),
If new PharmD graduate (Doctor of Pharmacy degree awarded but individual does not have a pharmacy license), individual must successfully pass NAPLEX with 3 months of graduation and be licensed as a pharmacist in DC within 6 months of graduation.

• Once hired, must obtain certification as a “Certified Specialist in Poison Information” by the American Association of Poison Control Centers within two exam administrations following initial eligibility.

Additional Required Licenses/Certifications/Posting Specific Minimum Qualifications:
Preferred Qualifications:

Willing to work all shifts including weekdays, weekends, nights and holidays, as needed.


Campus Location: Foggy Bottom, Washington, D.C.
College/School/Department: School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS)
Family Health Services
Sub-Family Medical Services
Stream Individual Contributor
Level Level 3
Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time
Hours Per Week: 40
Work Schedule: 8am-5pm subject to change by the department.
Position Designation: Essential: Employees who perform functions that have been deemed essential to maintaining business or academic operations. Employees are generally expected to work from home during an event and may be asked to physically report to work.
Telework: No
Required Background Check: Criminal History Screening, Education/Degree/Certifications Verification, Social Security Number Trace, and Sex Offender Registry Search
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Internal Applicants Only? No
Posting Number: S006509
Job Open Date: 07/27/2017
Job Close Date:
If temporary, grant funded or limited term appointment, position funded until:
Background Screening Successful Completion of a Background Screening will be required as a condition of hire.
EEO Statement:

The university is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

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Documents needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents
  1. Letter of Recommendation 1
  2. Letter of Recommendation 2
  3. Letter of Recommendation 3