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CBIC President's Message

"On the Shoulders of Giants"

Happy 35th Anniversary of the CIC®! It is an exciting time to be working in the field of infection prevention and control and I am honored to serve as your 2018 President. Thirty-five years ago, CBIC spread its wings as a new organization with the goal then, as now – to provide an accredited certification in infection prevention and control, and to protect the public.

I want to include each of you in the ongoing celebrations throughout this year. There are several opportunities coming up.

  • Join CBIC for virtual events on social media throughout the year
  • Tune into a 35th anniversary podcast now available on iTunes and Google Play
  • The CBIC booths at IPAC and APIC will have 35th anniversary promotional item giveaway
  • Watch for “35 gifts in 35 days” later this year

I often feel that I am standing “On the Shoulders of Giants,” to paraphrase the late Stephen Hawking, of infection prevention and control.

With a spirit of gratitude, I thank Lita Jo Henman, MPH, CIC, who served as 2017 President as well the current Officers and Board Directors for their many contributions in 2017.  Jo has been a wonderful role model and friend, and has led us to a higher level of performance in providing an accredited certification.

There are many others who serve CBIC in a variety of roles who also deserve recognition. Thank you to the many subject matter experts who have worked tirelessly on the Test Committee in the Item Writing, Item Review, and Form Review Subcommittees, as well as those who serve on the CBIC Marketing and Finance Committees.

Finally, thank you to the CBIC Executive staff that has supported me for as long as I have been on the Board of Directors. I would like to mention Anne Krolikowski CAE, the Executive Director, and her team who are the driving force for CBIC, the friendly voices on the other end of the phone when you call in. A lot of effort by all of these groups and individuals makes it possible for CBIC to continue to advance its strategic plan and be celebrating 35 years of the CIC®!

I feel grateful for CBIC’s leaders who have served on the Board as Directors in the past. I would like to formally recognize those who have served as President during these past 35 years. Each of them has helped CBIC to grow and develop and each has given freely of their time and energy for patients and the public. Included in these “giants” in the field of infection prevention are those who were in the initial cohorts of CIC® certifiers in the 1980’s and 1990’s. Many of them are still contributing to make the healthcare safer and to mentor new generations of Infection Preventionists.

Click here to view the list of Board members over the past 35 years

It is with sadness and much gratitude that we say goodbye to those whose terms have ended on the Board of Directors. Their energy and passion for the mission of CBIC will be greatly missed.

Ruth Carrico PhD, DNP, APRN, CIC
Connie Cutler RN, MS, CIC, FSHEA, FAPIC
Christine Zirges, MSN, RN, APRN, CIC, FAPIC

In 2018, the CBIC Board of Directors welcomes new members:

Janet Glowicz MPH, PhD, RN, CIC, FAPIC
Pamela Rohrbach MSN, RN, CIC
Ivan Gowe, MS, ML(ASCP)CM, CIC

So, join us in this 35th anniversary celebration year! I look forward to seeing many of you this summer at the annual conferences for IPAC Canada in Banff, CA in May, and for APIC in Minneapolis, USA in June

The best to you –

B. Joann Andrews, DNP, RN, CIC,
2018 CBIC President