Wafa Jaradat, CIC

Location: UAE

Company/Organization: Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC)

Title: Infection Control Officer

First Certified: March 2023

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

 I started my career as Infection Preventionist in 2018 with a 20 year nursing background, I found it an interesting branch, it involved in many challenges , I learned a lot , this has added a huge amount of knowledge to my experience .

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

 This career is open to everyone who has the passion, skill set and knowledge. Communication skills are key in this job, you will deal with all levels from staff level to CEO. Knowledge is the power, remember this.

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

 I feel more confident, competent with decisions that are based on strong knowledge gained from studying for the exam. 

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

When I planned to take the exam I put together a six month studying plan, reviewing one subject daily, reading from different resources to fix the information especially, APIC , CDC , SHEA . I also joined a what’s up group study, watching different videos.   

5. What advice would you give someone pursuing certification?

Keep the CIC certification goal in front of your eyes, you will reach and overcome whatever the obstacles, challenges, and even fails . This is not the end, admit your weakness points, focus on them, focus more on the important subjects. You will for sure achieve it.  

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

I am a member of APIC, continuously reading, and as part of our job education and training to staff so we need to be updated. 

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

The CIC® has helped me in many ways. It has enhanced my knowledge and self-esteem and has made me more confident.