When you first heard about the CAIP credential, what were your initial thoughts?
I was excited to learn that there was a certification that specifically identified an individual’s knowledge in infection prevention in the ambulatory surgery center (ASC) setting.
Why did you pursue the CAIP credential?
We were met with our CMS survey two weeks after I started in the position of infection prevention. I was so nervous and had years of nursing knowledge under my belt but was not specifically trained in infection prevention. When the surveyor asked if I was certified in infection control, I said “not yet.” I immediately made a goal of obtaining certification before our next CMS survey and I achieved that goal. I am so very proud to be able to tell the next surveyor that “yes, I am certified.”
What do you think is the value of CAIP?
Certification shows the time and dedication an individual puts into infection prevention. In order to sit for the certification, you must meet certain requirements that reflect that time and dedication. Outside individuals, whether it be surveyors, patients, other staff members, etc. will know that the individual with the CAIP certification is committed to preventing infections in the ASC setting.
How do you think earning and maintaining the credential will benefit you and your ASC?
Earning and maintaining the CAIP credential shows that I have taken the time to be current on industry rules and regulations in addition to IC standards.
What advice would you give to those individuals who are considering pursuing CAIP?
Go to the CAIP website and download the candidate handbook. In the handbook you will find everything you need to know about sitting for the CAIP exam including eligibility requirements. Get buy-in from administration. I was lucky to have the full support of my administrator, from giving me time to participate in infection prevention webinars and virtual conferences, to giving me the rest of the day off after I sat for the exam.
Anything else you’d like to add?
When I was getting ready to sit for my exam I emailed another CAIP certified individual and friend. She provided me with some great advice “Stephanie don’t worry, you got this, you live this everyday.”