Emma Brookes, LTC-CIP

Location: Ontario, Canada

Company/Organization: Village Green LTC

Title: IPAC Lead

First Certified: April 2024

  1. Why did you choose a career in infection prevention and control?

I was finishing my degree in Public Health when the COVID-19 pandemic struck. Working in long-term care at this time, the need for and importance of infection prevention and knowledgeable infection prevention personnel was very apparent. I found myself fascinated by infection prevention practices and wanted to know more. I have been working as an IPAC lead for over a year now. I love the complex and evolving nature of the field and ongoing learning opportunities that infection prevention and control has provided for me. 

  1. What advice would you give someone who is interested in an infection prevention and control career?

I would advise anyone who is interested in an infection prevention and control career to start by building your knowledge. There is so much learning that can be done in this field, it can be overwhelming when you’re starting out! Obtaining certification through CBIC is a great way to build your confidence in the IPAC personnel role. The great thing about IPAC is there are so many settings you can work in. Find a setting that interests you the most. Once you’re working in the field, your knowledge, learning opportunities, and network will expand greatly. 

  1. What does being LTC-CIP  mean to you?

Becoming an LTC-CIP was a big accomplishment for me and something I am very proud of. I feel confident delivering education, advice, and putting practices in place knowing that I have proven my expertise through the LTC-CIP certification. Being LTC-CIP certified also shows a proven commitment to the field of infection prevention and control, protecting patients, and continuing your education. 

  1. What was the best studying method for you when preparing for the initial certification examination?

When preparing for the initial certification examination, I started by dividing a binder into 9 sections based on the content outline. I learned one section at a time. I spent one week collecting the materials I needed to study and one week learning everything for each section. I made a lot of cue cards because this is how I learn best. 

  1. What advice would you give someone pursuing certification?

I would tell someone pursuing the LTC-CIP certification to start studying early. There is a lot to learn but if you stick with it even learning a little at a time starts to add up eventually. Study groups are a great way to learn if you know others that are prepping for the exam. Do all the practice quizzes that you can. I thought the Infection Prevention Guide to Long Term Care was an amazing tool.

  1. How do you stay up-to-date on infection prevention and control practices?

I stay up to date with infection prevention practices by attending communities of practice meetings with other IPAC personnel, liaising with the local Public Health unit when new guidance is released, and working with our local IPAC Hub. I also attend regular lectures and webinars on the subject.

      7. How has the LTC-CIP helped you grow professionally and in your career?

The LTC-CIP has helped me grow professionally by proving my expertise and commitment to the field of infection prevention and control. Getting certified has helped me expand my network and is an excellent step in career advancement.