Juan Carlo Cruz, BScN, RN, CIC, LTC-CIP

Location: Brantford, Ontario

Company/Organization: Hardy Terrace LTC/UniversalCare Inc.

Title: Director of Care

First certified: February 2021

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

 It is a rewarding and meaningful profession that can ensure the safety and well-being of staff and residents.

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

 Maintain a commitment to acquiring new skills and knowledge.

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

Having been certified in infection control, I have been able to feel confident that I am doing my part in maintaining the health and safety of others. The infection control and prevention program at a long-term care facility is crucial, especially for elderly and immunocompromised residents. To ensure the safety and wellbeing of residents, long-term care facilities must have a well-structured plan for preventing, monitoring and responding to infections.

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

 My certification provides assurance to my colleagues and residents that I possess the necessary knowledge and skills in infection prevention and control. This certification demonstrates my commitment to providing safe and high-quality care.

5. What advice would you give someone pursuing certification?

 In order to achieve optimal understanding, tailor your learning approach to the needs of your individual learning style and review the IPAC materials regularly.

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

 Take small steps every day to achieve your goals. Be disciplined, develop a routine, and believe in yourself.

7. Are you part of an APIC or IPAC Canada chapter? If so, would you recommend it to others?

To stay up-to-date on infection control issues, I review materials from the CBIC, APIC and other reputable local IPAC resources, in addition to participating in infection control initiatives where I am able to volunteer. 

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

I have been able to grow my professional network through my membership in infection control associations and my participation in initiatives where I can volunteer. This has allowed me to collaborate with people from different backgrounds and to gain a deeper understanding of the field.