Shazia Irum, RN, BSC, MSC, CIC

Location: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Company/Organization: King Salman Center for Kidney Diseases

Title: Infection Control Practitioner

First Certified: August 2019

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

Choosing a career in infection prevention and control gave me a confidence and satisfaction that I believe other professions would not be able to give, especially in terms of sharing an updated knowledge and experience with my colleagues, superiors, patients and visitors which will definitely improve my professional skills and safety of the patients and employees in my organization.

2. How did you first hear about the CIC®?

By social media and some friends.

3. As an    international candidate, what  types of  hurdles, if any, did you have to overcome to take the CIC® exam?

Infection Prevention choose me. At the beginning CIC was a nightmare for me. Fortunately, I was so blessed that I became a certified with the help and support of one of the excellent study group in Saudi Arabia called ‘’ CIC Academy’’. Where I founded everything like well-organized study plan, resources, expert’s discussion through daily question and answer session as well as the endless support and encouragement of group organizers, leaders and other certified professionals. I am sure I wouldn’t be able to do all these things by myself in order to clear my CIC exam.

4. If you have recertified, why do you stay certified?

No comment

5. What advice would you give someone like you interested in taking the CIC®?

Study hard, practice harder, stay focused and committed until you reach your goal.

6. What resources did you find useful?


7. How do you stay informed with the latest industry news?

By social media, LinkedIn, twitter, face book

8. Finally, what does it mean to you to be a CIC®?

CIC for me showing a commitment to the best practices in infection prevention and control and improved patient care and signals to your employer and colleagues that you are committed to your professional growth.