1. Why did you choose a career in infection prevention and control?
Infection Prevention was an opportunity to explore several facets within the healthcare industry. You get to benefit patients both by interacting with them and working on process to ensure their safety. Infection preventionists also work collaboratively with every area within a facility which creates exciting and varied work experiences
2. What advice would you give someone who is interested in an infection prevention and control career?
Seek out your local APIC chapters and enroll to learn from your local infection preventionists. Intern if possible to see if the field is of interest to prospective individuals.
3. What does being a CIC® mean to you?
Being a CIC means being a resource to the facility teams I am a part of. I am a subject matter expert that provides best practices and insight to promote patient safety and experience.
4. What was the best studying method for you when preparing for the initial certification examination?
I studied with our local APIC members and attended scheduled online study sessions. There are great groups on Facebook that support each other in studying. The APIC textbook is also a great resource for anyone looking to be certified.
5. What advice would you give someone pursuing certification?
Dedicate scheduled time during your day to study. Ensure that you reduce interruptions as much as possible create a schedule based on sections to promote learning in a timely manner.
6. How do you stay up-to-date on infection prevention and control practices?
Participate in APIC chapter and attend national APIC conference if possible. Connect with other IPs in your community and share ideas.
7. Are you part of an APIC or IPAC Canada chapter? If so, would you recommend it to others?
I am a current member of an APIC chapter and would highly recommend. I have held the ollowing positions: treasurer, president elect, and president.
8. How has the CIC® helped you grow professionally and in your career?
Obtaining a CIC opens several positions within facilities and organizations. It is the premier tool being used to evaluate proficiency in infection prevention.
9. Are there any CIC® stories that keep you up at night?
My first year as an infection preventionist learning so much construction was amazing. I still stay up and think of all the potential risks that needed to be considered and the mitigation that was required.