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Q&A with a CAIP Certificant: Jennifer Olin, RN, CAIP

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When you first heard about the CAIP credential, what were your initial thoughts?

I thought it was just what the ASC community needed.  This made getting IC certification more attainable. The CAIP credential is ASC friendly compared to other IC certifications out there that are geared mostly toward hospital settings.

Why did you pursue the CAIP credential?

We knew that CMS was pushing towards having someone certified in IC for ASCs at some point and thought it best to get ahead of it and be prepared.  Once I looked into the CAIP credentialing process, I knew that without a doubt this would be the best certification for our field.  It’s very comprehensive and covers all the disciplines of ASCs.

What do you think is the value of CAIP?

It lets people see that you are committed to making your ASC as safe as possible for everyone involved, from the patient to the staff and surgeons.  That to me is invaluable.

How do you think earning and maintaining the credential will benefit you and your ASC?

By earning and maintaining the credential, you are constantly learning new things and applying them to you practice.  For me personally, when I look at IPCH’s, I try to do as many as I can in areas that may not be my strongest, so I can expand my knowledge base to that area.

What advice would you give to those individuals who are considering pursuing CAIP?

If you are questioning if you should pursue it or not- DO IT!  The study material may seem overwhelming at first, but you decide when to take the test and can give yourself all the prep time that you need.  Focus on your weakest areas first and proceed from there.