1. Infection Prevention/Control Professional (IP) Confidential Survey

Please respond fully to the following brief questionnaire. This information is important to help design infection prevention certification procedures that are most efficient and effective for our community. The results are completely confidential and only aggregate scores will be released. Thank you for your help!

Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology

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* 1. As an infection prevention/control professional (IP), are you:

  Yes No
Currently practicing?
A member of APIC or CHICA?
Currently certified?
If no, are you planning certification this year?
If yes, are planning re-certification this year?

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* 2. Why does an IP become certified or re-certified?

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* 3. What factors encourage IP certification?

  Very important Important Somewhat important Not important
Government requirement
Facility requirement
Supervisor requirement
Increased professionalism
Satisfaction
Peer recognition
Protect job
Advance career
Increased compensation
Facility pays for certification
Reasonable cost of exam
Convenient exam locations
Convenient exam on-line

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* 4. What is the value of IP certification?

  Very important Important Somewhat important Not important
Fufills requirement
Recognizes IP's importance
Recognizes IP's professionalism
Ranks IP with other certifications
Self esteem
Peer recognition
Career advancement
Monetary
Other

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* 5. What barriers tend to discourage IP certification?

  Very important Important Somewhat important Not important
Certification not supported
Infection control not viewed as significant
Have to pay myself
Don't know enough about it
Exam not convenient
Exam too hard

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* 6. What is the current perception of IP professionals among your colleagues?

  Very positive Positive Somewhat positive Not positive
Peers
Physicians
Administrators

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* 7. Are administrators supportive of infection prevention/control certification?

  Very supportive Supportive Somewhat supportive Not supportive
Administrators' attitudes

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* 8. Does membership in APIC or CHICA encourage the IP certification decision?

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* 9. Are the following significant in deciding to become IP certified?

  Very significant Significant Somewhat significant Not significant
Administrators' support
Patient concern about safety
Increase in hospital infections
Growing state/province and federal regulation
Mandatory reporting of healthcare-associated infections

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