Q&A with a CAIP Certificant: Laurie Roderiques of Ambulatory Healthcare Strategies
Laurie Roderiques, RN, BSN, CASC, CAIP, is the director of clinical services for Ambulatory Healthcare Strategies, based in Rochester, New York. She has worked in the ASC industry for the past 22-plus years, with more than 18 in a leadership and administrative role. Roderiques is currently is a deemed-status surveyor for AAAHC, sits on the education committee for ASCA, provides legal nurse consultant expertise and works clinically in two ASCs. She previously served as an executive board member and secretary for the New Hampshire ASC Association. Roderiques was part of the first class of ASC professionals to earn the CAIP credential.
Q: Why did you elect to pursue the CAIP credential?
Laurie Roderiques: Throughout my career, I have served as the infection preventionist for multiple ASCs. As a Medicare-deemed surveyor, I review and critique infection practices, policies and compliance at ASCs across the country. I feel that obtaining certification in infection prevention, specific to the ASC arena, provides credibility for my practice and supports my expertise when imparting guidance to center staff. It also confirms my dedication to infection prevention.
Q: Why did you want to take the first CAIP exam?
LR: Actually, I am a terrible test taker, so I did not want to put off something that I felt strongly about. The fact that it was specific to the ASC setting made it the more preferred certification to me. I believe having the credential supports my findings and explanations to centers in need of education. In taking the first exam, I believe my commitment to infection prevention was validated.
Q: How do you think earning and maintaining the credential will benefit your work as a consultant?
LR: The CAIP designation provides credibility to my role as an infection preventionist. There is a high level of training and education that goes along with maintaining this certification, supporting my commitment to infection prevention and safety. While certification is not currently a requirement by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), I wouldn’t be surprised if it is someday soon. Currently, one needs to have infection training to support their ASC. This credential meets that requirement as noted in most state regulations, accreditation associations as well as federal regulations (CMS).
Q: How do you think it would benefit infection preventionists working in ASCs?
LR: The person in the role of the infection preventionist has a lot of responsibility to patients, staff and providers. Having the CAIP credential validates their knowledge and commitment through evidence-based standards. It also confirms the ASC governing board’s support of infection prevention in their centers. This designation can be shared with the community as well, reflecting commitment to the quality of services offered by the facility.
Q: What advice would you give to those individuals who are considering pursuing CAIP in the future?
LR: If this is something you are thinking about, don’t put it off. Review the CAIP study materials. It provides wonderful websites and agencies that we forget are available that can help in preparation for the exam. These information sources also provide a way to confirm that our practices are correct and supported by those agencies.