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Are you a pharmacist or ED/ICU nurse looking for an exciting career? If so, we want to hear from you! Illinois Health and Hospital Association is seeking a Specialist in Poison Information for its Illinois Poison Center (IPC) program. Since 1953, the IPC has been saving lives and improving care for Illinoisans by working to reduce the incidence and injury of poisoning throughout the state.
At the IPC, no day is alike. One morning, you may help panicky parents whose child has eaten something they shouldn’t. In the afternoon, you might advise a clinician from an Illinois hospital who is caring for a poisoned patient. You’ll also further the state’s public health efforts by helping to track a variety of outbreaks and poisoning cases.
The IPC team shares a passion for healthcare and a love of learning. You will be trained to help Illinoisans and Healthcare Providers regarding potentially harmful substances like medications, chemicals, plants, and mushrooms, and you’ll learn what to do for someone suffering from poisonous bug bites, stings and more. By working side-by-side with toxicology specialists who have decades of experience in the field, you’re guaranteed to learn something new every day.
Aside from the satisfaction of improving the lives and health of residents across the state, the IPC offers a generous compensation package that includes health insurance, paid time off, retirement benefits, and more.
Please see below for the position’s educational requirements and more details about the role.
Responsible for triaging and managing emergency poison exposures and information requests from the general public and health care providers. Accountable for efficient, timely and accurate responses and documentation and follow-up to incoming poison information/exposure cases.
Equal Opportunity Employer - race, sex, veteran or disability status, gender identity, sexual orientation
We offer an excellent benefits package. Qualified candidates must apply online: Click here to applyhttp://www.ihatoday.org/about-iha/emp-opportunities.aspx
Outline of Responsibilities
• Triages and manages high and low acuity poison cases per IPC productivity targets. Elicits complete and accurate history from callers and formulates appropriate treatment recommendations and communicates such information at a level appropriate for the caller. Collaborates with health professionals from other institutions who call the IPC on issues related to acute and chronic poisonings. Provides exemplary customer service.
• Accurately and thoroughly documents and codes all cases in a timely fashion and in accordance with IPC and American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) guidelines.
• As assigned, participates in professional and public education activities, social media content, etc. Obtains contacts (e-mail addresses or comp packets) per assigned goals.
• Must assist in meeting IPC scheduling needs and fill in for unplanned absences as needed.
• Other duties as defined.
Doctorate in Pharmacy or medicine; or a Bachelor of Science in Nursing or Pharmacy with three or more years of clinical experience.
Exemplary organizational, emergency management, communication, and conflict management skills. Maturity, tactfulness and sensitivity to confidential situations. Proficient computer skills including experience with Microsoft Office, database management programs, and the internet.
Incumbent must sit for the AAPCC Certified Specialist in Poison Information Exam during the first qualifying exam cycle, and pass the exam within 2 attempts.
Performance of job responsibilities may exceed regular work hours including day, evening, night, weekend, and holiday hours, and may require last minute schedule changes or frequent schedule alterations.
Illinois Health and Hospital Association