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CBIC President's Message

"Unless someone like you care a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." -Dr. Seuss

This quote from one of my all-time favorite authors, perfectly sums up the focus for this year end newsletter. As I reflect on the many discussions, changes and partnerships I’ve experience this year, they’ve always involved people who are committed to making things better. From the dedicated infection preventionists who share their passion for certification and high professional standards by agreeing to be a “CIC in the spotlight.” The CIC’s who generously give up their time to help with the reception at the annual APIC conference or with assisting with social media postings. Our partners at APIC and IPAC Canada who tirelessly support our certification mission. The liaisons from each partner organization provides a broader perspective and brings a voice of the customer to the process. The dozens of currently practicing IPs who share their expertise and valuable time to write and review test questions that are the heart of a valid and relevant exam experience. And lastly, the CBIC Board of Directors who donate countless hours each year, with one goal in mind “to protect the public through the development, administration, and promotion of an accredited certification in infection prevention and control.”

Without these generous people who quietly work behind the scenes to fulfill the mission of CBIC, there wouldn’t be a CIC® exam.  Thank you to everyone who played a part in the success of CBIC this year, including everyone who became certified or recertified in 2017! A special call out to our Board members rotating off this year: Chris Zirges who always challenged us to consider the healthcare leader perspective, Connie Cuttler who helped us all to better understand accounting and to my tireless and patient mentor Ruth Currico who has made me a better person; I’m deeply grateful for your generosity.   This exemplar leadership continues with Joann Andrews 2018 CBIC President and Roy Boukidjian 2018 President Elect.

I typically focus on encouraging those IPs who are not currently certified to take the next step in their professional development by creating a plan to take the CIC® exam. In this last newsletter as my term of CBIC President, I find myself instead thinking about the above Dr. Seuss quote. To my fellow experienced and certified IP colleagues, I see your passion and caring in action each day. Your commitment to keeping patients and healthcare workers safe day-in and day-out, even though at times that dedication is unseen or unrecognized is inspiring. I encourage you to consider bringing that same compassion and expertise to help drive the mission of CBIC forward. I remember the first time I applied to the test committee several years ago, sure that I didn’t have the experience or skills worthy of the task. Don’t fall into the same deceptive thought process that I did. I encourage you to recognize your talents and gifts and to consider sharing them by applying to the test committee or the CBIC Board in 2018. Divergent perspectives and skills are essential for innovation and improvement of the certification process. Will you be the someone who “cares a whole awful lot?”

Wishing you a 2018 filled with saying “Yes” to new adventures,

Lita Jo Henman, MPH, CIC
2017 CBIC President