All Poison Specialists at Tennessee Poison Center are registered nurses, pharmacists or physicians. The American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) credentials a nurse or phamacist as a Certified Specialist in Poison Information (CSPI) once standard requirements have been met. Certification requires passing a standardized national exam, handling a minium of 2,000 human exposure cases, and working a minum of 16 hours per week in the poison center. Tennessee Poison Center has 11 SPIs on staff.
Tennessee Poison Center has a board certified toxicology physician on staff. Donna Seger, MD. Dr. Seger is Executive Director and Medical Director of TPC and she is board-certified in Medical Toxicology. Dr. Seger provides medical back-up call to the poison specialists 24 hours a day. Nena Bowman, PharmD, DABAT, is Managing Director.
The Director of Community Outreach is a liaison between the community and TPC. She is responsible for all outreach and education activity at the Poison Center.