Q&A with a CAIP Certificant: Cindy Young of Surgery Center of Farmington

Cindy Young, RN, CASC, CAIP, is the administrative director for Surgery Center of Farmington in Farmington, Missouri. She graduated from nursing school in 1993, accepting her first job in an ASC in 1999 as a staff nurse. In 2001, Young accepted the administrator position at the Surgery Center of Farmington, where she still works today.

Young has served on the Missouri Ambulatory Surgery Center Association board for several years and currently holds the position of president. She also served on the ASCA board from 2012-2018, is currently the chair of the ASCA membership committee and serves on ASCA’s education committee.

Young passed the CAIP exam in October 2018.

Q: Why did you elect to pursue the CAIP credential?

Cindy Young: I have the responsibility of the infection control officer at my ASC. Every Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) survey I have been asked, “What type of training do you have to be the infection control officer?” Infection control training is a CMS regulation, but the regulation does not define exactly what CMS is looking for.

I attend the ASCA annual conference, ASCA webinars, ASCA winter conference and have taken infection control education provided to me by my management company. CMS has always accepted my answer, but I felt I wanted a certification to prove it. I believed that passing the exam and having CAIP behind my name would prove I have the knowledge and training to be the infection control officer. 

Q: Why did you want to take the first CAIP exam?

CY: I have looked into taking the Certification in Infection Prevention and Control (CIC) exam but was told it was more directed at hospitals and infection control issues the infection control officer would face in a hospital sitting. I wanted credentials and education that was more specialized to an ASC setting. When I heard ASCA was working on the CIAP exam, I was determined to sign up the first opportunity available.

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

CY: Having someone certified in infection control at their ASC is a step above other ASCs who do not have a certified person. I feel this certification will reflect positively on our ASC with our accreditation body as well as for future CMS surveys. The CAIP credential also gives my governing body confidence I have the knowledge to meet the CMS requirement and manage a tight infection control program at our facility. 

Q: What advice would you give to those individuals who are considering pursuing CAIP in the future?

CY: Don’t wait until you feel ready to take the exam. If you have been working as the infection control officer, this exam if for you. The exam is ASC-specific and most of the questions are ones every infection control officer in an ASC setting has faced.

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