Georgia Poison Center JOB BOARD

The Georgia Poison Center is currently accepting applications for the position of SPECIALIST IN POISON INFORMATION  (see below).  If you are interested in this applying for this opportunity at the Grady Health System, submit a current CV along with a letter of intent to the following address:

Stephanie Hon, PharmD, DABAT
Assistant Director, Georgia Poison Center                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                shon@georgiapoisoncenter.org

Specialist in Poison Information
Category:  Professional Non-Nursing
Facility:  Grady Health System Main Campus, Atlanta,  GA
Dept: Poison Control Center (922)
– Regular – Full-Time
– Rotating Evenings and Weekends

 

SUMMARY (BASIC PURPOSE OF THE JOB)

Serves as a knowledge resource and uses independent judgment to help physicians plan the optimum management of toxicologic problems.  Serves as a knowledge resource and uses independent judgment to help physicians plan optimum management of animal bite victims with potential rabies exposures.  Has the responsibility for evaluating the toxic hazards and initiating appropriate management of toxicologic emergencies, potential rabies exposures, and problems presented by the public.  Interacts with government emergency resources (fire, police, medical) in organizing response to toxic emergencies.  Reports all potential rabies exposures to Georgia State Department of Human Resources.  Represents the hospital through contacts with the news media and through community health programs.  Trains and supervises junior members of the poison center staff and participates in the training of house staff, medical students and other health care professionals.

SUMMARY (ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES)

1.       Using telephone communications a) Provides consultation to physicians regarding toxicologic problems.  b.)  Provides initial triage and management and referral of toxicologic emergencies for the lay public.  c)Provides consultation to physicians regarding rabies exposures and prophylaxis.  d) Provides initial triage and management and referral of animal bite victims potentially exposed to rabies for the lay public.

2.       Creates and maintains appropriate medical records according to Center standards.

3.       Supervises and trains Center personnel as assigned by Directors.

4.       Enhances and maintains the Center’s capabilities through management of knowledge resources and information systems.

5.       Demonstrate flexibility and adaptability in staffing a 24-hour emergency telephone service while acting collaboratively with staff, other health care providers and lay callers.

6.       Assists in the management of poisoning as a public health problem through participation in public and professional education and training programs conducted by the Center and by epidemiologic and other research and presentation of new information gained through work experience.

7.       Uses telephone communications provides consultation to physicians regarding toxicologic problems and provides initial triage and management and referral of toxicologic emergencies for the lay public.  Provides consultation to physicians regarding rabies exposures and prophylaxis, and provides initial triage, management and referral of animal bite victims potentially exposed to rabies for the lay public.

8.       Provides consultation to physicians in the evaluation and treatment of victims of poisoning or animal bites with potential rabies exposure.

9.       Demonstrate exceptional communication skills providing a calm, reassuring and intelligent interaction with the public and health care professionals.

10.     Provides first aid instruction or referral to medical care to lay callers when appropriate.

11.     Provides the physician with information on agent toxicity, pharmacokinetics, detailed medical management and prognosis, if appropriate, in a clear, understandable and professional manner.

12.     Provides crisis intervention, counseling and referral to community agencies for callers with other medical problems, drug problems or suicidal ideations.

13.     Responsible for providing information, interpretation of the toxicologic significance of symptoms and laboratory values, and making decisions as to home treatment, access to medical care and in follow-up of on-going cases which have a critical influence on  life/death/disability outcomes.

14.     Recognizes specific toxidromes and provides guidance to the physician as to possible agents, diagnostic aids and specific treatment measures.

15.     Protects the hospital from possible litigation by updating skills and constantly and thoroughly completing each phase of the poison call including seeking consultations with medical specialists when appropriate. (Responds to requests for information concerning a toxic exposure exposing the hospital to medico-legal jeopardy.)

16.     Participates in and provides continuous education requirements and quality initiative projects.

17.     Responsible for accurate triage and proper management of multiple simultaneous calls.

18.     Can independently integrate several agent-specific managements to provide to the physician a single treatment plan in instances of polydrug or multichemical exposures.

Creates and maintains appropriate medical records according to the Center standards.

1.       Completes a medical record on each telephone consultation.

2.       Entrusted with confidential information such as patient identification, home phone number, circumstances surrounding the poisoning incident, detailed treatment information and patient status, results of drug and toxicology screens, autopsy reports and suspicions of foul play.

3.       Entrusted with trade secrets and confidential product formulation information from many manufacturers across the country.

4.       Familiar with computer data entry and retrieval of information received per AAPCC guidelines.

Supervises and trains Center personnel as assigned by Directors.

1.       Supervises the work of students, trainees, volunteers and Poison Information Providers on his/her shift.

2.       Participates in mentorship program for new employees.

3.       Enhances and maintains the Center’s capabilities through management of knowledge resources and information systems.

4.       Keeps up with current consumer products, chemical recalls and governmental and industrial bulletins relative to toxins which impact on human and environmental health issues.

5.       Uses carefully and maintains in good working order the computer information systems and the Center’s extensive library of resource materials. Utilizes appropriate resources: (i.e. Poisindex®, the Center’s Standard Treatment Protocols, other reference books, on call toxicologists).

Assists in the management of poisoning as a public health problem through participation in public and professional education programs conducted by the Center and by epidemiologic and other  research and presentation of new information gained through work experience.

1.       Interacts with social agencies such as protective services or social services when deemed appropriate.

2.       Represents the hospital publicly in appearances at workshops, seminars, lectures, health fairs, television broadcasts (local and national) and radio interviews.

3.       Provides information and assistance to the public, medical professionals, civil authorities, and the news media in the event of a chemical disaster.

4.       Interacts with various city, county, state and federal agencies (fire, police, GEMA, Georgia Department of Agriculture, CDC, FDA)  in averting public panic and providing accurate information in the event of a disaster.

5.       Under the supervision of the Director and Assistant Director conducts independent research activities such as data analysis, library research and human subject investigations.

JOB REQUIREMENTS

Baccalaureate degree and/or degree in Pharmacy, Nursing (to include Associate Degree), Medical Doctor degree or similar health care profession as defined for eligibility for certification by the American Association of Poison Control Centers. Training and experience within the medical health field as a pharmacist, nurse, or medical doctor.  One (1) year (2,000 hours) of experience as Poison Information Provider.  Must be certified by the American Association of Poison Control Centers (examination required) or obtain certification within 5 years of employment. Emergency Medicine care, Intensive Care Unit experience, Critical Care experience, Pediatric care experience, or similar job training highly desirable. Knowledge of the toxicologic applications of human physiology, chemistry pharmacology, action of drug, chemical and biologic toxins, information resources and their applications, pertinent toxicologic literature, medical terminology, systems of emergency management of this region.