December 2015 E-newsletter
With the Holiday Season already upon us, the end of 2015 is now clearly in sight. This year has been a busy one and I’ve tried to keep you up-to-date by highlighting changes to the certification examination process and CBIC events in every newsletter. This is my last official communication as 2015 CBIC President and there are a few things left to talk about. In October we celebrated Certified IP/ICP Day, and met with the leadership of APIC and IPAC-Canada to discuss ways that we can work together in 2016 to promote certification, support our candidates and continue to deliver a credible and relevant certification process. In November, CBIC directors Roy Boukidjian and Linda Goss delivered a Webber Teleclass entitled “Demystifying the Certification Exam” and we participated in a successful strategic planning session that will guide our path forward beginning in 2016 and beyond. With the assistance of our colleagues at IPAC-Canada and L'Association des Infirmières en Prévention des Infections (AIPI), we have completed translation of the CIC® examination into Canadian French and are excited to offer this option to candidates in early 2016. The standard setting process has been completed for our new examination form and live scoring has returned. I would like to thank everyone for your patience as we worked through this necessary phase of the examination development process. On December 1st we posted a record high, 6,294 certified IPs on our website, up from approximately 5,800 at this time last year.
The time has come to bid farewell to directors Dr. Kathy Suh (CBIC President, 2014) and Gail Harris who are completing their second terms on the CBIC Board. Their wisdom and contributions to our Board work have made us better. We thank them for their dedication and wish them both the best. We are very excited to welcome two newly appointed directors who will join the CBIC Board in 2016, Sandra Callery from Toronto, Canada and Dr. James Marx from San Diego, California. We look forward to working with both of them. I would also like acknowledge and introduce the incoming CBIC President for 2016, Dr. Ruth Carrico. Ruth is a proven leader in the field of infection prevention and control and an inspiration to those who are privileged to work with her.
2015 has been a successful year for certification and I am very appreciative of the support provided by the CBIC staff and my fellow directors on the CBIC Board. Without their passion for infection prevention, their collaboration, leadership and volunteer work, our accomplishments this year would not have been possible. It has truly been an honour to stand amongst these dedicated leaders and to serve as your 2015 CBIC President.
As I have done in every newsletter, I would like to close by thanking all of you who proudly display your CIC® credential and support certification in our profession on a daily basis. Congratulations to everyone who has achieved initial certification or recertification this year.
Kathryn McGhie, RN, BScN, CIC
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We would like to thank all of our volunteers for helping support the CBIC in 2015! There are many ways that CICs can get involved with CBIC. This year CBIC held two full day exam prep courses, piloted a new examination content outline, and worked on a number of other initiatives behind the scenes. None of this would have been possible without the help of our dedicated CIC® volunteers. We would like to thank:
Standard Setting Participants
Social Media Task Force
Prep Course Planning Committee and Speakers
Finally, CBIC would like to extend a thank you to CBIC Directors Dr. Kathy Suh, MD, FRCPC, CIC and Gail Harris, RN, MS, MA, CIC. Your many years of service on the CBIC Board of Directors has been invaluable to us. We wish you the best of luck in your future adventures!
Each year CBIC attends an organizational summit with our partner organizations, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) and Infection Prevention and Control Canada (IPAC Canada). This year the summit was held in Chicago, IL and leadership from all organizations met to discuss the common goals of protecting the public from infections. One of the main takeaways from the Summit was that the three organizations will work together to develop consistent messaging around the certification examination. The Summit was very productive and CBIC is excited to continue its relationships with APIC and IPAC Canada.
Additionally, this year, CBIC participated in a Strategic Planning Retreat last month. CBIC creates strategic plans in three-year increments. The current CBIC Strategic Plan is for 2012 – 2015. The retreat involved many of CBIC’s stakeholders including our partner organizations and testing agency. There were many good discussions around the future of CBIC and we will have a new Strategic Plan for 2016 – 2019 coming soon!
Once again, CBIC has paired with Webber Training to record a teleclass on the topic of Certification in Infection Control (CIC®). This year, the title of the teleclass was "Demystifiying the CIC® Examination." In this teleclass CBIC Secretary Roy Boukidjian, MSN, PHN, CIC, NE-BC and Director Linda Goss, MSN, APRN-ANP, CIC, COHN-S dispel some common myths around the certification and recertification examinations. To listen to the on-demand teleclass, please click here.
To maintain certification, the Infection Preventionist must recertify in the fifth calendar year of their certification. If you are certified through December 31, 2015, you must recertify this year! If you have not already taken the following steps, please review the following options for recertification:
**Candidates who do not pass the CBT for recertification may not subsequently attempt to recertify by the SARE during their current recertification cycle, but must recertify by CBT before the current certification cycle ends. Recertifying candidates who do not pass the SARE cannot apply to retake the SARE but can apply to recertify by CBT. They must recertify by CBT before the current certification cycle ends.
Please be aware that if you do not recertify within the deadlines outlined above, your certification will lapse on December 31, 2015. If you allow your certification to lapse, you cannot use the CIC® credential after December 31, 2015. 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.
Certification demonstrates to your patients, your employer, and your peers that you have proven competency in infection prevention and control. It also enables you as a professional to build credibility and validate expertise while signifying a commitment to continued practice excellence.
After consultation with Prometric, CBIC's testing agency, and extensive discussions at the Board level, CBIC is updating the procedure for recertifying. Starting in 2016, if you need to recertify you may only take the Self-Achievement Recertification Examination (SARE). If you take the SARE and do not pass, then you may take the Computer-Based Test (CBT). The rules for the SARE remain the same. You have the entirety of your fifth year of certification to take the examination. If you take the examination before December 31 of your recertification year and pass you will be recertified.
However, since you cannot take the SARE more than once in a calendar year, we will allow anyone who fails the SARE to take the CBT to prevent a lapse in certification. If you do not pass the CBT by December 31st of the year your certification expires, you will be considered lapsed and will have to meet the eligibility requirements for first-time certification prior to taking the examination. Please keep this in mind when determining when you will turn in the SARE.
The SARE enables the infection prevention and control professional to use the examination as an educational opportunity, as recertifiers have the entire year to complete the examination with opportunities to revise responses. The SARE supports the concept of growth from novice to expert, and seeks to enable the infection prevention and control professional, regardless of setting, to have the opportunity to demonstrate the professional growth that the infection prevention and control community has supported and indicated as both necessary and expected.
If you have questions about recertifying, please contact the CBIC Executive Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 414.918.9796. Best wishes for success in your recertification!
The Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (CBIC) has the privilege of working with several organizations to spread the word about the importance of being Certified in Infection Control CIC®. For an explanation of how the organizations are different from the Board, please read the descriptions below:
Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (APIC)
International Federation of Infection Control (IFIC)
Infection Prevention and Control Canada (IPAC Canada)
Become part of the online community of current and aspiring CICs who are discussing ways to prepare for the CIC® examination on the CBIC Facebook page! You can also follow CBIC on Twitter at @CBIC or LinkedIn for more news, announcements and tips.
Follow CBIC on Facebook on #TestingTuesday and #TestingThursday to see the CIC® exam practice questions that are posted twice weekly on the CBIC page. Here is a sample question:
Which of the following learning objectives would require analysis cognitive level?
Scroll to the bottom of the E-Newsletter for the answer!*
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CBIC will also be participating in Throwback Thursday (#TBT)! If you have a throwback story or photo, send them to us at email@example.com and we will share on Thursdays!
CBIC continues to be an active member of the One & Only Campaign, a public safety campaign committed to promoting safe injection practices in all healthcare settings. By teaming up with the Safe Injection Practices Coalition, CBIC joins professional groups, healthcare systems, provider groups, private companies and others dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of injection safety.
International Infection Prevention Week was October 18-24. During this time CBIC participated through social media and by hosting Certified IP/ICP Day. We had a great turn out and were excited to see participation from many of our CICs. CBIC offered several giveaways during IIPW for CICs who participated in the following ways:
Additionally, CBIC displayed a scrolling honor roll everyone Certified in Infection Control. If you missed out on the fun this year, you can always join us next October!
*The answer to the E-Newsletter Practice Question is B: Interpret the results of a Mantoux test.
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