Mariano Solatorio

Location: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Company/Organization: Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Humanitarian City

Title: Infection Control Nurse

First Certified: September 2023

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

I work as a Nursing Assistant, and this is my first job. When I started to be the infection control link in the Spinal Cord Injury Unit, my curiosity was stimulated, and it became an eye-opener to understand deeper how infection control is important and affects the health of our patients. It’s not just the simple act of hand hygiene; it's more of a whole-hearted approach in terms of how we maintain patient safety and quality care to fight against healthcare-associated infections. This principle has never changed and has become bolder since I was a Nursing Assistant until I became a Staff Nurse, and now as Infection Control Nurse. 

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

 Infection prevention and control are everybody’s business. Sometimes this statement is underrated. Maybe some people will give little importance to our job. But because of the commitment, slowly but surely, they will eventually realize and acknowledge our efforts and start to listen to and follow our voice. Just never give up; at the end of the day, your dedication, compassion, and values will pay off. Helping people to help themselves is the same as fulfilling our duties and responsibilities as Infection Preventionists.

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

Having a CIC gives me more confidence and prepares me to be more effective in my profession as an Infection Control Nurse.

4. How has being a CIC® helped you navigate the current COVID-19 climate? 

Having a CIC affirms how I built become an effective resource person.

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

Group study and taking the practice exam had a significant impact on how well I understood each question before looking at the options. Searching for keywords is assisting me in getting on the right path.

6. What advice would you give someone pursuing certification?

There are no shortcuts. It takes time and commitment to reach your goals. Make a detailed plan from beginning to end. Someone once told me, "Sometimes later, it becomes never. Do it now."

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

Participated in various events and visited local organizations such as the General Directorate of Infection Control (GDIPC), the Ministry of Health, and the websites of WHO, CDC, and APIC Connect. 

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

It gave me a sense of honor and responsibility. Above all, it inspired and trusted those we served.