School nurses are great champions of the Connecticut Poison Control Center. What do school nurses like best about our service? Follow-up, the poison center calls back to check on patients when necessary!
Number of School Exposures
How We Can Help
School nurses can call the poison center for:
The community education specialist provides education for school nurses at professional development days, meetings and conferences at the local, regional, and statewide levels.
We offer a variety of trainings to suit your needs. A training may include: beyond the basics Ė what most people donít know about the poison center; National Poison Data System; monitoring hazardous trends; common school poisonings; resources and additional programming. We also offer the Poison Safety Helper Program.
Point of Service Display
The Keep Them Safe point of service display 8.5 x 11 cardboard stand-up marketing tool includes a coordinated color scheme, images of faces, poison prevention tips, and a brochure holder with bilingual flyers about first aid and poison center attributes. The display allows students, teachers and parents to link a service to a symbol, making the service more tangible. It also provides more impact and an efficient organized way to display a service and accompanying materials. Contact the community education specialist if you are a school nurse who would like one mailed to your school(s).
- Keep Them Safe (PDF)
Point of Service Display Project Summary
The goal was to increase poison center awareness and visibility in schools. School nurses were chosen based on findings from past marketing research among low income minorities. The formative evaluation results from 56 respondents were essential to the design and usefulness of the display. Specifically, survey results shaped the design, content and size of the display. The design, production and printing of the point of service display were accomplished. Over 1,200 displays were mailed to all Connecticut schools. Summative evaluation results demonstrated a 97 percent satisfaction rate with the point of service display. Everyone who received a display placed it in an appropriate and visible location, usually in the school nurse office or main office. School nurses estimated over 4,500 views per day.
Lesson plans are available about poisons and poison prevention for audiences ranging from Pre-K through elderly. Content and/or resources on a variety of poisoning topics are available for school communications (staff meetings, newsletters, websites). For more information, contact Amy Hanoian-Fontana, M.A., EMT-B, community education specialist, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-679-4422.