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 pharmacist as a Certified Specialist in Poison Information (CSPI) once standard requirements have been met. Certification requires passing a standardized national exam, handling a minimum of 2,000 human exposure cases, and working a minimum of 16 hours per week in the poison center. Tennessee Poison Center has 11 SPIs on staff.
Tennessee Poison Center has two board-certified physician toxicologists on staff, Dr. Donna Seger and Dr. Rebecca Bruccoleri. Dr. Seger is the Executive Director, and Dr. Bruccoleri is the Medical Director of TPC. A toxicologist is on call 24/7 providing medical back-up to poison specialists for life threatening poison emergencies.
The Managing Director of Tennessee Poison Center, Nena Bowman, is a board-certified Clinical Toxicologist (DABAT) and Pharmacist (PharmD). Her role includes ensuring the poison center provides the highest quality of poison advice to residents and healthcare providers in Tennessee by maintaining the center's AAPCC accreditation and giving direct supervision to the poison center staff, strategic planning, and oversight of administrative functions of programs.
The Director of Community Outreach, Brittaney Hall, is a Certified Health Education Specialist. She is the liaison between the community and TPC, and is responsible for all outreach and education activity at the Poison Center and statewide. Her role includes educating the public on poison safety, promoting use of the Poison Help hotline, collaborating with volunteers statewide, and more.