Jessica Danko, LTC-CIP 

Location: South Dakota

Company/Organization: South Dakota Foundation for Medical Care

Title: Program Director

First Certified: October 2022

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

Throughout my work in healthcare, infection prevention and control has been an area of high importance. Covid-19 heightened this level of importance and need for education. By working in the clinical setting through the pandemic and then moving into a position to provide infection prevention and control education, learning how to protect myself and those I care for was important but sharing this education with those in the long term care setting became just as important. 

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

There are many avenues and areas of work that infection prevention and control can lead to. Work is always changing and evolving and never leaves my wondering what I should do next. If you like a changing work environment with many opportunities, this is the right career for you. 

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

The certification of the LTC-CIP speaks to my credibility. By having this credential, there is a level of knowledge and training that people expect that you have as an infection preventionist. The credentials have provided me additional respect and has led to those around me as a resource to utilize and seek my knowledge for infection prevention and control questions, training, and education. 

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

The study book from APIC was a great resource and online resources and videos to review basic infection prevention and control knowledge was also helpful. 

  1. What advice would you give someone pursuing certification?

Study the materials that are available to purchase. They are a great resource of information. Even if you never plan to take a certification, you learn so much just through going through the resources and studying. 

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

I attend numerous infection prevention trainings. Some great opportunities are infection prevention and control conferences. There are many webinars available from national associations and organizations that have great opportunities for learning opportunities. Networking with other infection preventions

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

As a result of the certification, I have had multiple opportunities to present and speak on infection prevention and control topics for the long-term care setting. The added respect and knowledge that you gain through the certification add to the confidence I portray when I speak and deliver education at events and to facilities I am at.