1. Why did you choose a career in infection prevention and control?
I graduated in 2014 and worked on a busy inpatient surgical unit for 5 years. I was seeing infection control issues and concerns on my unit, and as my confidence as a Registered Nurse grew, so did my curiosity in how I thought I could help make a change. I was ready for a change in my professional life and thought I would take a leap, and I am so glad that I did. Making this change in my career has allowed me to be mentored by the very best Infection Control Practitioners and I would not be the Infection Control Practitioner I am today without them.
2. What advice would you give someone who is interested in an infection prevention and control career?
Reach out and ask questions! Get involved with what you can where you work in regards to Infection Control concerns to help make small but pivotal changes.
3. What does being a CIC® mean to you?
Being a CIC means so much to me – I am so proud of my accomplishment in attaining this certification. It gives me more confidence in decision making and being a part of our IPAC team.
4. What was the best studying method for you when preparing for the initial certification examination?
The best study method for me was the endless hours I put in with my close friend and colleague who also studied and wrote the CIC with me. Without her, I would not have been successful. We encouraged each other to persevere and dig in when we wanted to stop. Having the constant encouragement was instrumental for me. The APIC 6th Edition Study Guide also helped in our preparation.
5. What advice would you give someone pursuing certification?
I would purchase the APIC 6th Edition Study Guide and follow the chapters closely. Follow CBIC on Facebook and catch their posts regarding retired questions. You can connect with others in this environment as well.
6. How do you stay up-to-date on infection prevention and control practices?
I stay up to date by following and learning from my colleagues daily. Attending education sessions that IPAC Canada and APIC provide are also great ways to remain current.
7. Are you part of an APIC or IPAC Canada chapter? If so, would you recommend it to others?
I am a member of IPAC Canada and IPAC EO. I would highly recommend to get involved and sit on the executive committee if you can. I sat in as a Novice ICP for a year and learned a lot from colleagues in my region that I wouldn’t normally routinely learn from. This is such a great networking opportunity.
8. How has the CIC® helped you grow professionally and in your career?
I just attained my certification so I can’t quite answer this yet. I hope it continues to give me the confidence I feel throughout my growing career in IPAC.
9. Are there any CIC® stories that keep you up at night?
This can be related to the examination or a specific patient story that stands out.