Neetu Varghese, CIC

Location: Abu Dhabi

Company/Organization: Al Dhannah Hopsital (ADNOC)

Title: Infection Control Nurse

First Certified:  March 2023

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

 I choose a career in infection prevention and control because as an enthusiastic infection control nurse, I believe in the importance of safeguarding patients as well as healthcare workers well-being by implementing necessary measures to prevent & control the spread of infection and promote a safe healthcare environment.    


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

 Once you are in the field of infection control you will never feel tired, more over you will be more curious to learn more things every day. Always follow the evidence-based practices and practice them in your daily professional life.


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

Being a CIC means that I am committed to upholding the highest standards of infection prevention practices which ensures the safety of patients, healthcare workers, and the community. And it’s a proof that I have a quality necessary knowledge and tools which will be very beneficial in identify, analyse infection risks, develop effective strategies, and implement evidence-based best practices to mitigate the spread of infections.


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

 During covid pandemic the demand of infection control practices has been increased, I started to give more focus and gain more knowledge regarding the infection prevention in order to be a good leader to guide others.


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

APIC Textbook was my primary study material and daily professional life evidence based practices has a great influence in increasing my knowledge regarding the subject, Additionally IPQ Academy study group which was very helpful for me for the preparation of my exam.


6. What advice would you give someone pursuing certification?

Study, understand the concept. Take the time to prepare properly and give importance to each topic covered by the CBIC. Participate in study group discussions and engage in continuing education which will help you to achieve your goal.


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

Staying up to date firstly requires commitment towards your gaol and job, and imperatively active efforts and continuous learning. Utilize online resources, follow international and regulatory agencies for current evidence-based practices, moreover network with other infection prevention professionals, take part in quality improvement initiatives, attend conferences and seminars.


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

Once I jumped into Infection control field, obtaining CIC certification was my career goal which prove my commitment to infection prevention and control. It provides a recognized mark of expertise and professionalism in the field, enhancing my credibility among colleagues, employers, and patients.