Meghan Engbretson, CIC

Location: Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Company/Organization: Kingston Health Sciences Centre

Title: Infection Control Practitioner

First Certified: September 2020

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

From a young age I had a keen interest in all things biology, specifically communicable and tropical diseases. The variety of the day-to-day work is what keeps me interested and motivated, in addition to having a direct effect on patient safety.

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

Network! Find people who do work that interests you and reach out to them. Spark a conversation.

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

Having my CIC makes me feel like I’ve earned my spot on our team of Infection Control Practitioners, and gives me confidence to make decisions at work.

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

Definitely going through the APIC practice exams in the study guide. The questions get easier as you familiarize yourself with the format.

5. What advice would you give someone pursuing certification?

Break up your studying over time. Don’t try to cram. Apply what you’re learning to your day-to-day tasks for better understanding.

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

I read whatever I can, whenever I can. Social media is great for keeping me up to date with the latest publications and guidelines. I’m always on the hunt for courses and meetings that could increase the depth of my knowledge.

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

I’m a member of IPAC EO and though I’ve only had the opportunity to attend one meeting, the collaboration is amazing. Truly a great resource for anyone in the field - new or experienced. Highly recommended.

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

The process of obtaining the credential has given me insight into just how much knowledge the IPC has, and how varied it is. It really makes you appreciate the depth of the field.

9. Are there any CIC® stories that keep you up at night? This can be related to the examination or a specific patient story that stands out. 

Most recently, Dr. Adeline Fagan, a 28 year-old obstetrics resident in Texas who died of COVID-19. It puts into perspective what is on the line when we come into work every day.