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Volume 4; Issue 4
October 2011

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CBIC President's Message

Terrie B. Lee, RN, MS, MPH, CIC

The autumn months are often a busy time for Infection Preventionists. Preparations for the many activities planned for International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW) are only one area of progress. Many of you who have been planning to take your CIC® exam are targeting this last quarter of the year to take the plunge. We eagerly look forward to your joining the ranks of those who are Board Certified Infection Preventionists! If you haven't made testing part of your plans for the fall, you've been studying and have considered all the elements that make up our detailed content outline, and you think you are ready to sit for the exam, it's not too late to get certified in 2011.

The members of CBIC have been working hard this season also, and have been focusing on our plan for new directions in 2012.

Some future activities for CBIC include:

  • Refinement of the exam registration/application process
  • Revision of the CIC® Candidate Handbook
  • Further identification of research opportunities through analysis of certification data
  • Strengthening partnerships with key stakeholder organizations to promote certification and to improve messaging with existing and potential certificants
  • Identification of new partnerships with healthcare CEO organizations
  • Improvement of communications with certificants and with partner organizations
  • Exploration of establishment of an online community for certified IPs
  • Improvement of recognition of CICs, including at conferences of membership organizations (APIC and CHICA-Canada), and in individual organizations
  • Revision of CBIC Board candidate handbook, orientation materials
  • Development of Board and committee member evaluation process

We had 98 applicants for Test Committee membership this year! We are excited that so many are willing to help with the detailed work of exam development. These applications are being reviewed now, so that new members will be ready to begin to serve their term early in 2012. The Test Committee is made up of the individuals who create the CIC® exams, but it's the Certification Board that sets the policy for how that exam will be developed. If you're a "big picture" thinker, and you have leadership experience, you might want to consider applying for a CBIC Board position next year.

Thanks to all of you who have made a serious commitment to certification in infection prevention and control in 2011. We on CBIC are proud to call you colleagues, knowing that you have met the standards for demonstrating competency in our field of practice. Thanks, too, to the CBIC Board members, who promote excellence in our profession through their daily activities:

Barbara S. Russell, RN, BSHA, MPH, CIC - President-Elect
Craig Gilliam, BSMT, CIC - Treasurer
Marie Kassai, RN, BSN, MPH, CIC - Secretary
Fran M. Feltovich, MBA, RN, CIC, CPHQ - Immediate Past President
Celeste C. Andrews, RN, MS, CIC
Ruth M. Carrico, PhD, RN, CIC
Gail E. Harris, RN, MS, MA, CIC
Deanie Lancaster, RN, BSN, MS, CIC, CPHRM
Kathy McGhie, RN, BScN, CIC
Bonnie Sue Norrick, CLS, EdM, CIC
Glenda L. Schuh, RN, BSN, CIC
Kathryn N. Suh, MD, FRCPC, CIC
Paul Field - Consumer Member
Anne Krolikowski, CAE, Executive Director

It has been a pleasure to work with you this year. You are role models for professionals everywhere!

Terrie Lee

Terrie B. Lee, RN, MS, MPH, CIC
2011 CBIC President

International Infection Prevention Week

October 16-22, 2011 represents the 25th Anniversary of International Infection Prevention Week— the commemoration of the importance of infection prevention around the globe.

Since 1986, when President Ronald Reagan first proclaimed the third week of October as National Infection Control Week, APIC has led the annual effort to highlight the infection prevention profession and its work in educating healthcare professionals and administrators, legislators, and consumers.

Over the years, this week of recognition has vastly expanded to every corner of the globe, including Australia, the United Kingdom, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. As the reach of IIPW widens, more patients benefit from safer healthcare practices and reduced threat of healthcare-associated infections.

During IIPW, APIC organizes programs to honor the hard work of infection preventionists and raise awareness among other healthcare workers, administrators, government officials, and consumers about the importance of preventing infections.

Find out more information surrounding IIPW activities and ways to show your support, and stay tuned to our website at www.cbic.org for information regarding what CBIC is doing to celebrate during IIPW.

Certified Infection Preventionist Day - Thursday, October 20, 2011

In celebrating IIPW, CBIC is recognizing Certified Infection Preventionist Day on October 20, 2011. We are proud to value the commitment of the certified individuals in raising the standard of infection prevention and control. Hard work, dedication and perseverance do not go unrecognized.

We at CBIC thank you! Please look for an upcoming email for more information regarding what CBIC is doing to recognize Certified IP Day.  

Meet the CBIC Board of Directors – Dr. Ruth Carrico

Dr. Kathy Suh
Dr. Carrico is currently in her first year on the CBIC Board of Directors.

Ruth M. Carrico, PhD, RN, FSHEA, CIC is an Associate Professor with the University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences. Dr. Carrico has received training specific for healthcare epidemiology at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in conjunction with the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in Atlanta and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA).

Dr. Carrico has authored or co-authored many peer reviewed manuscripts and served as an editor for the APIC Text of Infection Control and Epidemiology. She is currently a reviewer for the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC), Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology (ICHE), and Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Carrico has served on the APIC Board of Directors and the CDC National Biosurveillance Subcommittee. At present, she is a member of the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC). In 2010, she was named a SHEA Fellow. In August 2011, Dr. Carrico was honored to be named one of 21 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Executive Nurse Fellows for the 2011 cohort. This program recognizes extraordinary nurses and supports leadership development in those who exhibit the potential to innovatively improve and shape the delivery of health care, locally and nationally.

We asked Dr. Carrico the following questions:

How did you become involved in infection prevention and control?
I became interested in infection prevention and control after joining the department during a turbulent time as they struggled with a number of Joint Commission standards. Once I started learning about the issues, I was enthralled. I knew immediately that it was my niche.

What motivated you to become certified?
Once involved in infection prevention and control, studying and learning became a way of life. One measure of mastery was to take the certification exam where I could put knowledge into action. It proved to be a yardstick that I could use in determining the areas where I needed to concentrate the most for improvement. It was also a way of validating work that I had done and time spent in learning.

What has being certified meant to you professionally?
Professionally, I think that certification demonstrates a devotion to the activity as well as a way to recognize when individuals are willing to take the risk of exposing their weaknesses. Taking the board certification is a challenge, and it requires that one be willing to identify areas for improvement and the desire to make that known to oneself. Once successful in achieving certification, it becomes a badge that signifies a commitment to learning and validation.

What I hope to bring to the board is skill in IP practice across multiple settings and an ability to translate that knowledge into questions that enable a certificant from any setting to be successful once s/he has mastered the basic concepts for practice.

We congratulate Dr. Carrico on her award and feel extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to work with her on the CBIC Board!!

From Our Certificants

Our CHICA-Eastern Ontario chapter is very closely linked to our Regional Infection Control Network (RICN). In 2006, supported by the RICN, a study group was formed to assist infection prevention and control professionals (ICPs) in our region to prepare for the Certification in Infection Control (CIC) exam. At the time there were only four infection control professionals in the region who held the CIC certification. Over several months, from the summer of 2006 through the fall and winter into the spring of 2007, the group met on a monthly basis. By the end of 2007, another 14 ICP's in the region had successfully written the CIC exam. To date, nearly 30% of our chapter members hold Certification in Infection Control.

In 2007 CHICA-Eastern Ontario established a certification recognition award to honour one of our founding members, the late Lois Rae, who sadly passed away in 2004. Lois was the first chapter member to become certified in infection control in 1986 and over the years was instrumental in assisting others to obtain their certification.

Since 2007, the RICN has provided each successful CIC with the CIC pin at a chapter meeting or event. When the candidate is successful, an email announcement is sent to all chapter members and a letter is sent to the candidate's employer, congratulating them on their achievement and explaining what the CIC means. We hope this public recognition will encourage more chapter members to seek certification.

The support and encouragement from the chapter and our local RICN, along with each person's strong determination to study, has been instrumental in allowing us to have so many successful members.

Sally MacInnis
President, CHICA-EO

Please let us know what your chapter is doing to promote certification by emailing us at info@cbic.org.

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Re-Certification Reminder

To maintain certification, the Infection Preventionist must recertify within five calendar years of passing the examination. All currently certified infection preventionists are eligible for recertification. If you have not already taken the following steps, please review the following options for recertification:

  1. Take and pass the proctored computer-based (CBT) examination
    The proctored computer-based (CBT) examination can be taken at over 150 Applied Measurement Professionals (AMP) Assessment Centers Monday through Friday at either 9:00 am or 1:30 pm. You can apply online via the link on the CBIC website (www.cbic.org) or by going directly to the testing agency website at www.goamp.com. You can also download a candidate handbook at www.cbic.org for all the information on administrative policies and an application form. International certificants can also recertify via the computerized examination. For a list of domestic and international assessment center locations, please visit the AMP website at www.goAMP.com. If you wish to recertify via CBT, you must have your examination appointment scheduled for on or before December 30, 2011 (assessment centers are closed on December 31st).
  2. Take and pass the Self-Achievement Recertification Examination (SARE)
    The SARE is offered online in web-based format. You can schedule testing on your own home computer and on your own schedule. The test can be ordered at any time between now and December 1, 2011. A passing score must be achieved, and your SARE must be completed by December 31, 2011. You must have an email address to receive the confirmation e-mail with specific instructions on how to logon to the SARE. The e-mail will include a unique ID and password that must be used during the login process. Certificants are able to login and out as many times as necessary, within the established testing window, to complete the examination; responses/answers during the previous logins will be saved. Candidate results are provided following completion of the test and will also be sent to the candidate's e-mail address.

Please be aware that if you do not recertify within the deadlines outlined above, your certification will lapse on December 31, 2011. If you allow your certification to lapse, you cannot use the CIC® credential after December 31, 2011. Should your certification lapse and you decide to pursue the credential again, you must apply through the same application process, criteria, and fee as a first-time applicant at the time of application. If you need further information regarding the CBIC Examination process, please visit the CBIC® website at www.cbic.org and download the current CBIC Candidate Handbook.

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