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Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (CBIC) CBIC: The Certification Corner
Volume 6; Issue 1
March 2013

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CBIC President's Message

Craig H. Gilliam, BSMT, CIC
Craig Gilliam,

Welcome to 2013! This year is a special one for CBIC. As your 2013 President I'm proud to announce the 30th Anniversary of the CIC® exam. We will be highlighting different aspects of CBIC and the CIC® certification throughout the year, along with celebrating you – our certificants – who demonstrate excellence in infection prevention and control.

I'd like to thank Barbara Russell, RN, BSHA, MPH, CIC and the rest of the Board of Directors for their outstanding work in 2012. They did a phenomenal job of achieving many of the objectives outlined in our strategic plan and I look forward to meeting new goals in 2013. My expectation as President is to increase the percentage of certificants to 40% of the membership in APIC and CHICA-Canada.

The mission of CBIC is to protect the public through the development, administration and promotion of an accredited certification in infection prevention and control. Some of the wording may have changed over the years since CBIC was incorporated in 1981, but the message remains the same: “The Work Doesn’t Stop Here”. The Board of Directors will continue to further the CBIC mission in 2013.

One of the ways we are spreading the message on the importance of certification is by forming a Social Media Task Force to increase awareness of certification by expanding CBIC’s reach on various social media sites. In addition to the Social Media Task force, other updates and accomplishments include revised examination eligibility requirements, an updated Candidate Handbook, bloggers sharing their story of preparing for the CIC examination, the addition of two new non-Board members to our Test Committee, and more podcasts on various topics related to certification.

Finally, I would like to thank Terrie Lee, RN, MS, MPH, CIC, Deanie Lancaster, RN, BSN, MS, CIC, CPHRM and Paul Field, Consumer Director for their leadership and years of service on the CBIC Board. It was an honor to work with each of them and I wish them well in future endeavors. I would also like to welcome our three new Board members: LitaJo Henman, MPH, CIC, B. Joann Andrews, RN, MSN, CIC and Steve Langan, Consumer Director. I look forward to working with these talented new Board members.

Watch for communications surrounding the 30th Anniversary activities, and help us spread the message on the importance of being CIC® certified!

I look forward to seeing many of you at the APIC and CHICA-Canada Annual Conferences this year!

Craig Gilliam, BSMT, CIC

Craig H. Gilliam, BSMT, CIC
2013 CBIC President

Correction from November’s Enewsletter

We apologize for a mistake that was in our last Enewsletter. Please see below for the original portion of the article, “The History of CBIC” by Ralph Rivkind, Esq. that was sent out in November:

APIC's participation with CBIC, however, is not terminated by the repayment of the loans because its one very important role is to appoint the Board of Directors of CBIC. Once the Board is appointed, the Board appoints its own officers, enters into its own contracts, including management contracts, testing contracts and the like, without any participation in or approval by APIC.

The correction is as follows:

APIC's participation with CBIC, however, is not terminated by the repayment of the loans because its one very important role is to nominate the Board of Directors after consultation and collaboration with CBIC leadership.
The APIC Nominating and Awards Committee (NAC) leadership will submit the proposed slate of candidates to the CBIC Executive Director to obtain CBIC Board approval before submission to the APIC Board of Directors for approval. The CBIC Board of Directors can veto any candidate proposed by APIC NAC and when this occurs will work with APIC NAC to find a replacement. The APIC Board of Directors approves the nomination of the candidates, notifies the CBIC President, and sends their application materials to the CBIC Executive Office. The CBIC Executive Office will forward the curricula vitae of the newly appointed CBIC Directors to the CBIC President-Elect in order to evaluate their strengths for CBIC committee placement.

Welcome New Board Members

B. Joann Andrews, RN, MSN, CIC
B. Joann Andrews,

Board Certified (CIC) since 2007, Joann has served as a Senior Infection Preventionist for Lee Memorial Health System, a four-hospital system in Fort Myers, Florida for 22 years and has practiced in Epidemiology & Infection Prevention since 2005. She has additional nursing background in the Emergency Department and Case Management. Joann’s areas of interest include the hospital environment, construction, transfusion management, and vaccinations and she is happiest when educating – whether to groups or individuals. You can often find Joann involved in public presentations; both within the healthcare field and local media as well as to community organizations.

Joann received her Master of Science in Nursing in 2010 from The University of Florida, and is currently in the process of completing the Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Florida State University.

Lita Jo Henman, MPH, CIC
Lita Jo Henman,

Lita Jo (Jo) has served on our Test Committee as a non-Board member and this year has joined as an official Board Member. We welcome Jo’s continued input to the Board throughout her term.

Jo currently holds three jobs: Infection Prevention Program Supervisor at Riverside Methodist Hospital, a 1,059 bed teaching hospital that is part of the OhioHealth system since 2006 (full-time), Infection Prevention Practitioner at Madison County Hospital, a 50 bed rural community hospital since 1994 (part-time), and Infection prevention consultant for an ambulatory surgery center.

Jo's professional background is in clinical laboratory and microbiology. Prior to coming to Riverside she was the laboratory director and infection prevention practitioner at Madison County Hospital. While not at one of her three jobs, she also serves on the State of Ohio Infection Control Advisory Group. This group provides expert recommendations on HAI mandatory public reporting.

Steve Langan
Steve Langan

CBIC welcomes Steve as our Consumer Director. He currently serves as Executive Director of HONOReform Foundation, which is based in Nebraska and is active throughout the country and on Capitol Hill. The primary aim of HONOReform is to help safeguard the medical injection process. He works closely in a variety of ways with men and women who have been affected by outbreaks in the United States caused by misuse and reuse of medical equipment (including syringes and single-dose/-use medication vials).

Podcast Series-Recertification vs. CEUs

CBIC Past President Terrie Lee, RN, MS, MPH, CIC and Lawrence Fabrey, Senior Vice President of Psychometrics at Applied Measurement Professionals, Inc. speak in our newest podcast, recorded on January 29, about the trend in re-examination for re-certification versus continuing education units (CEUs). To listen to their conversation, please click here.

Study: Infection preventionists know safe care (AJIC)

There is general agreement among hospital infection preventionists (IPs) with respect to which practices have weak or strong evidence supporting their use to prevent healthcare-associated infection, according to a new study published in the February issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official publication of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).

Furthermore, IPs with certification in infection prevention and control (CIC®) are two to three times more likely to perceive the evidence behind certain infection prevention practices as strong, compared to their non-certified peers.

IPs lead programs in hospitals and other healthcare facilities that protect patients and healthcare personnel from infections. The study was conducted to understand how those who lead infection prevention activities perceive the strength of evidence behind practices aimed at preventing device- and procedure-associated infections and lessening the risk of cross transmission of microorganisms in healthcare facilities.

A research team led by Sanjay Saint, MD, MPH, of the VA Ann Arbor & University of Michigan Medical School collected survey responses from infection prevention personnel at 478 U.S. hospitals to determine the perceived strength of evidence behind 28 of the most common hospital infection prevention practices. The following practices were perceived by 90 percent or more of the respondents as having strong evidence to support their use: alcohol-based hand rub, aseptic urinary catheter insertion, chlorhexidine for antisepsis prior to central venous catheter insertion, maximum sterile barriers during central venous catheter insertion, avoiding the femoral site for central venous catheter insertion, and semi-recumbent positioning of patients on ventilators.

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How Examination Forms are Constructed

Larry Fabrey, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Psychometrics, Applied Measurement Professionals, Inc.

New versions of the examination always exactly match the examination specifications to ensure an appropriate distribution related to the practice of infection prevention, control, and epidemiology. An item related to every task (or topic) identified by the practice analysis cannot be included on every examination; rather, items are selected to sample the domain of content. As noted previously, items are unanimously approved prior to pretesting, and they are again unanimously approved by the Test Committee before using the items on a scored portion of the examination.

In addition to exactly matching a specified number of items in each major content area, AMP’s test developers simultaneously consider several item selection rules. One requirement is that the collection of items on each form provides a consistent average p-value, or proportion correct, based on previously collected data on first time candidates. Matching this target p-value is an important first step in ensuring the comparability of examination forms, which is confirmed through statistical pre-equating of the forms. These procedures foster fairness and equiv¬alency of test results, ensuring that all candidates have an equal opportunity to achieve a score on the examina¬tion that represents their level of knowledge, regardless of the particular form of the examination taken. When assembling the examina¬tions, AMP and CBIC follow these procedures carefully, to ensure that the various versions of the examinations are as comparable as possible, both from a qualitative and quantitative perspective.

New for 2013-CIC® Product Online Order Form

You can now purchase merchandise directly from our website by logging in and paying with a credit card! Purchase that newly certified infection preventionist in your organization a congratulatory CIC Portfolio, CIC business card holder or CIC coffee mug! Order online here.

Certification Board of Infection Control & Epidemiology, Inc. Celebrates 30 Years of CIC®

CBIC Celebrates 30 Years of CIC

In 2013, the Certification Board of Infection Control & Epidemiology, Inc. (CBIC) will be celebrating 30 years of becoming an official non-profit organization.

CBIC will commemorate this milestone by sponsoring an anniversary campaign that will highlight different aspects of CBIC and CIC® certification in promotional materials throughout 2013, along with celebrating the CICs who demonstrate excellence in infection prevention and control.

In addition to the special logo created to commemorate the milestone, CBIC will be handing out special 30th Anniversary pins at the CHICA-Canada and APIC Annual Conferences, as well as including one with every product purchased this year.

The Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. was founded in 1981 to protect the public by raising the standard of the infection prevention and control profession through the development, administration and promotion of an accredited certification process. The CIC® certification is held by over 5,200 infection prevention and control professionals working in hospitals, long-term care facilities, ambulatory care centers, and other healthcare settings throughout the world.

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 Test (CBT)  can be taken at over 150 Applied Measurement Professionals (AMP) Assessment Centers Monday through Friday at either 9:00 am or 1:30 pm.
    • The online application can be found on the CBIC (www.cbic.org) website here.
    • You can also download the paper application as well as the candidate handbook at www.cbic.org for all the information on administrative policies.
    • 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 on or before December 30, 2013 (assessment centers are closed on December 31).
  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, 2013. A passing score must be achieved, and your SARE must be completed by December 31, 2013. 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.

Certified professionals who do not recertify before their current certification period expires will lose their CIC designation as of December 31st of the last year of the current certification period, and are prohibited from using the CIC designation. They must reapply for the CBT and successfully pass the CBT before they can use the CIC designation again. 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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