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About Sickkids
About SickKids

Heather Ferries, RN, BScN, MEd, CSPI

The Hospital for Sick Children
Advanced Nursing Practice Educator, Ontario Regional Poison Information Centre

Phone: 416-813-1061
Fax: 416-813-7489
Email: heather.ferries@sickkids.ca

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Ontario Poison Centre

Brief Biography

Currently in the role of Nurse Educator at the Ontario Regional Poison Information Centre is Heather Ferries. Ms Ferries is a Certified Specialist in Poison Information. Her teaching focuses on toxicology specific education for health care professionals throughout the province, as well as province-wide poison prevention education programmes. Ms. Ferries has a Master of Education degree from OISE-University of Toronto, with a specialization in Adult Education.

Clinical Care Activities

  • Toxicology
  • Telephone Triage
  • Poison Prevention

Research Interests

Research Interests

  • Injury Prevention
  • Injury Prevention Education


Program Development

  • Train-the-trainer workshop. Designed, implemented and evaluated an extremely popular and highly successful province-wide poison prevention programme for community leaders.
  • Navigating Uncharted Waters. Collaborated on the design, implementation and evaluation of a highly successful inter-hospital leadership development program.

Gallo, A., Ferries, H. & Houle, J. Teleworking: Enhancing the Provision of Provincial Poison Services, poster presentation at North American Congress of Clinical Toxicology 2006.

Ferries, H., Stuart-Minaret, J. & Dryden-Palmer, K. Patient-Based Education Partnership in Caring for the Poisoned Child, oral presentation at Critical Caring Conference, 2006.

Thompson, M, Ferries, H, & Thurgur, L. Pediatric Toxicology, oral presentation at Paediatric Emergency Medicine Conference, 2005.

Durrant, M & Ferries, H. Navigating Uncharted Waters: Leadership in Action, oral presentation at Sigma Theta Tau 38th Biennial Convention, 2005.

Ferries, H & Smyth, D. Creating Capacity: Developing a Programme for Poison Prevention Education, poster presentation at 7th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion, 2004.

Crooks, D, Skepple, A, Ferries, H, & Carmichael, C. How Did We Learn to Teach in the Cultural Setting? The Nurse Educator Orientation Program. Poster presentation at RNAO Healthy Workplaces in Action, 2003.

Bruce-Barrett, C & Ferries, H. Lessons in Leadership: A Developmental Approach, oral presentation at NLN 2002: Courage to Lead… Dare to Dream, 2002.

2004 Grace Evelyn Simpson Reeves Award, Nurse Educator
2003 Grace Evelyn Simpson Reeves Award, Nurse Educator, Group Category

  • 2003 PedNIG Bursary
  • Member Sigma Theta Tau-Iota Omicron Chapter