April Dagandan, BSN, RN, MN, CIC

Location: Muscat, Oman

Company/Organization: Muscat Private Hospital Oman

Title: Infection Prevention & Control Professional

First Certified: December 2019

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

The career was opened up to me when I was a novice nurse. Then I was challenged by the questions that the senior nurses were throwing at me. So I started reading CDC guidelines and I enjoyed clearing misconceptions there onwards. 

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

My advice to someone who is interested to the infection prevention and control career is that, being an ICN can create wonders it will teach us meaningful lessons that we can share to the people around us. 

3. What does being a CIC® mean to you?

I took the exam twice and failed, on the third time I passed, it was not an easy ride for me to become a CIC, unyet I still arrived in the destination on time. 

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

I used the APIC test book and answer practice questions also I subscribed to the APIC text online. 

5. What advice would you give someone pursuing certification? 

You will get there!

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

Reading CIC updates. 

7. Are you part of an APIC or IPAC Canada chapter?


8. How has the CIC® helped you grow professionally and in your career?

I am more confident now to answer questions and eager to clarify things which is blurry to my understanding infection control.