Wilmalyn Gongon Rebuyas, RN, CIC

Location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Company/Organization: Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women and Children

Title: Infection Control Practitioner

First Certified: June 2018

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

This field constantly challenges me to stay updated with the latest knowledge and best practices, ensuring the delivery of high-quality care. It necessitates effective interdisciplinary collaboration with healthcare professionals, including physicians and scientists, to formulate and implement robust infection prevention strategies, ultimately contributing to enhancing patient safety and public health.

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

Gain practical experience, and build a professional network. Stay informed, develop strong observational and communication skills, be adaptable, and advocate for best practices. Most importantly, maintain a deep passion and commitment to this field, as it offers significant opportunities to contribute to this ever-evolving healthcare.

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

It signifies my commitment to upholding the highest standards of infection prevention and control, both for the safety of patients and the broader community. Certification validates my expertise in a field where precision, vigilance, and staying current with evolving pathogens and best practices are paramount.

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

Certification has instilled a higher level of trust in my expertise, fostering confidence among colleagues and the public. That trust provided a solid foundation for implementing evidence-based strategies, facilitating effective communication, and staying updated with the latest guidelines, all of which have been crucial in prioritizing safety during this challenging time.

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

I began by obtaining official study materials and textbooks while incorporating practice exams to familiarize myself with the exam format and pinpoint areas needing further attention.

6. What advice would you give someone pursuing certification?

When pursuing infection control certification, begin early, use official materials, take practice exams, and join study groups. Create flashcards, maintain a healthy lifestyle, and stay positive. Regular review and simulated exams near the test date boost confidence, and believing in your ability to succeed is key.

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

I maintain up-to-date knowledge in infection prevention and control through continuous review of scientific literature, official guidelines, and participation in conferences and webinars. Collaborating with interdisciplinary teams in healthcare settings and active engagement in professional networks further enriches my understanding of evolving practices. Additionally, I prioritize ongoing education and certification maintenance to ensure my expertise remains aligned with current standards in the field.

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

Infection control certification has significantly advanced my career by validating my expertise, enhancing credibility in healthcare settings, and opening doors to leadership opportunities. It has also expanded my professional network, allowing for valuable collaborations with experts in the field.