Beth Harris, RN, CIC, recently passed the examination to become Certified in Infection Control (CIC®). The computer-based test is administered by the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology (CBIC). In order to achieve the certification, Harris passed the national exam and met certain eligibility guidelines
"Beth’s commitment to best practices in infection prevention and control really shows her level of excellence in this field,” said Marlys Buckner, director of nursing at Cox Barton County Hospital. “This important designation will give our patients an extra sense of security that they are safe in our hospital.”
The purpose of the certification process is to protect the public by providing standardized measurement of current basic knowledge needed for persons practicing infection control; encouraging individual growth and study; thereby promoting professionalism among infection prevention and control professionals; and formally recognizing infection prevention and control professionals who fulfill the requirements for certification. Individuals who earn their CIC® credential join over 5,000 practitioners worldwide who are Certified in Infection Control.
“Achieving this certification was important to me,” says Harris. “It was challenging, and it required an incredible amount of studying, but I knew attaining my certificate was best for our employees and patients because it validates my level of excellence in understanding infection control.”
Harris, who has been employed with the hospital for 19 years, says she enjoys all aspects of her profession, which also includes employee education, and loves working at Cox Barton County Hospital because of the family atmosphere.