Maripete Generales Calpa, RN, CIC

Location: Abu Dhabi, UAE

Company/Organization: Specialized Rehabilitation Hospital

Title: Infection Control Practitioner

First Certified: December 2018

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

I haven’t chosen this career initially; it’s it who founds me. Way back 2012 when I say YES, it brings me to the ladder of its wonders thus I begun to devote my whole life to it as an Infection Prevention and Control Professional. Until now the scope of its practice cannot be measured since it covers all elements of healthcare delivery system yet it is a self-fulfilling to be the heart of the core “Quality and Safety”.

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

If you are fascinated in an infection prevention and control career then follow your heart’s desire; yes, it is a one of a lifetime profession I can say but you need to make a pledge to yourself that you will do it responsibly with a sense of accountability because the safety and health quality of the whole population of your facility is in your hands (e.g. patients, employees, contractors and visitors)

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

Being certified is more than passing a licensure exam. It identifies you as well-versed Infection Control Professional and can bring confident in your daily work functions.

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

Selecting study time for the day works on me very well. I prefer to study 1st thing in the morning wherein my mind is fresh and not crowded with a lot of things; it is also the time where I have more focus to fully comprehend what I am reading.

  1. What advice would you give someone pursuing certification?

Time management and discipline is very important since comprehensive studying is really needed. If you failed on your 1st attempt, do not be discourage because practice makes you perfect; always remember that education is unending journey and letdowns is just a polisher towards excellence.

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

Subscribing to standardize organization like CDC, WHO, APIC, NHSN updates helps me greatly to stay in the know on infection prevention and control practices. Opening channels or linking with other Infection Control Professionals positively impacts as well. Also, I try not to miss any related conferences, workshops and webinars.