Nationwide Children's Hospital

  • Director, Central Ohio Poison Center

    Posted Date 3 months ago(10/24/2018 3:38 PM)
    Requisition ID
    Allied Health
  • Overview

    The Director of the Central Ohio Poison Center (COPC) is responsible for planning, organizing, and managing the activities of the COPC. The director will be competent in all areas of poisoning treatment, prevention and education. The COPC provides poisoning information and education to the public and health care professionals as well as training for medical and allied health students. The director should demonstrate competencies in providing age appropriate care and services to patients of all ages and all levels of education. In conjunction with the Medical Director, the Director is responsible for managing the development of all protocols and procedures related to patient care.


    The Central Ohio Poison Center closely collaborates with the department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the Ohio State University,  the Ohio department of health, our sister center in Ohio (the Cincinnati drug and poison Information center), the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and numerous other organizations. There is a supportive and active research/teaching component with the center, producing more than 60 peer reviewed research publications in the last 5 years.





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    1) Prepares and approves all administrative policies and procedures related to the operation of the COPC.

    2) Is able to provide the same services as a Certified Specialist in Poison Information (CSPI), and does so as necessary.

    3) Develops the goals and objectives of the COPC in consultation with the Medical Director.

    4) Assures that the COPC achieves and maintains the standards for accreditation set by the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC).

    5) Works with the Medical Director in developing and maintaining a performance improvement program that meets the criteria of the AAPCC and Nationwide Childrens Hospital Department of Quality Improvement Services.

    6) Interviews, hires, schedules, evaluates, and when necessary disciplines staff under his/her area of responsibility.

    7) Develops, monitors, and administers the revenue, expense, and capital budgets for the COPC. Plans and implements all actions necessary to meet established budget goals.

    8) Serves as grant coordinator for all grants obtained and administered by the COPC.

    9) Responsible for coordination and implementation of all educational and training programs for the COPC staff as well as graduate and postgraduate medical, pharmacy, and allied health students.

    10) Represent the Poison Center to appropriate external agencies.

    11) Responsible for the poison prevention awareness program and other community educational programs for use by the public, health care providers and other agencies.

    12) Participates as a member of the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC).

    13) Develops a work environment which supports a high level of staff satisfaction and engagement.



    1) Must be a registered nurse, pharmacist, or hold a degree in a health science discipline.

    2) Should be certified or eligible for certification by the American Board of Applied Toxicology.

    3) Must possess excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills.

    4) Must have good computer skills.



    Ability to stand for more than 1 hour at a time and sit for more than 1 hour at a time. Good auditory acuity and ability to speak clearly. The above list of duties is intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by individuals assigned to this classification. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive list of duties performed by the individual so classified, nor is it intended to limit or modify the right of any supervisor to assign, direct, and control the work of employees under his/her supervision.




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