VOTE for 2020 leadership positions
Please review the candidates, then proceed to cast your vote on the ballot at the bottom. If more than one vote is received from a single individual, all of those individual’s votes will be discarded. The vote of any individual without a valid APIC membership number will be discarded.
VOTING DEADLINE: OCTOBER 21, 2019
I have been a member of APIC-DFW for over ten years. As a member of APIC-DFW, I have served on the nomination committee and the board. Currently I am serving as a facilitator for our mentoring program that has monthly webinars with our surveillance special interest group (SIG) to provide infection prevention educational and learning opportunities for infection preventionist. Also, I facilitate a monthly journal club that includes participation from hospital epidemiologist, pharmacist, infection preventionist, and quality staff. I am grateful to be part of an amazing organization.
I am grateful for the opportunity to run for APIC-DFW secretary. Since joining APIC-DFW, I have served on the nominating committee, helping run and maintain the integrity of our electron process. As well, I am currently assisting with the conference planning committee, working especially with outreach to outside organizations in order to increase attendance. In my work at Parkland, I lead interdisciplinary performance improvement-oriented team meetings regularly and keep accurate records in-line with compliance expectations. I am a thorough and enthusiastic member of every team on which I serve. I wish to more fully become involved in APIC-DFW, and I believe serving as secretary will allow me to more understand the operation of our chapter and increase my ability to contribute to our mission.
Being the secretary for APIC-DFW would give me the opportunity to enhance my strengths which include organizational and communication skills, time management, and proficiency in Microsoft Office software. In addition to the IP duties at my facility, I have experience in preparing for meetings, recording minutes and distributing information to appropriate stakeholders. While serving the chapter in this role, I hope to grow personally and professionally in the field of infection prevention.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
I have had the pleasure of previously serving APIC-DFW as a member of the Nominating Committee for two consecutive years, as well as currently in my role as Co-Chair of the Social Committee for the last two years. The time I've invested into APIC-DFW has helped me grow as an IP, individual, and leader. I have worked in Infection Prevention for 5 1/2 years and have worked as a leader in IP for the last 2 1/2 years. I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to continue serving this great chapter as a board member.
I have years of experience working with multiple groups and organizations such as Boy (10 years) and Girl Scouts (12years) in leadership roles. I am also a member in the Women's Guild group at my church. Now in my current job I lead multiple groups working to improve patient outcomes.
Prior to my current role as IP Program Manager at Texas Health Alliance, I worked as Clinical Microbiologist for 7 years. I have been an IP for 3 years. Currently, I monitor various Infection Prevention related issues, constantly work with staff at various levels to reduce HAI’s, and provide guidance on being complaint with infection prevention guidelines. I became a certified IP in 2018. APIC DFW chapter has been a key part of my career growth. By attending the monthly meetings, I get to learn and grow in my profession as I network with other professionals. I have served on the Awards Committee for 3 years and currently serve as Chair for the committee. As a part of giving back to the community, I would like to further serve in a leadership role in this chapter so I can spread the benefit of this chapter to more individuals.
My experience includes but is not limited to the following: Establishes, implements and administers departmental goals, Develops and enforces effectual policies and procedures; conducts an ongoing review of hospital policies, procedures and guidelines to identify infection control discrepancies and tool revisions as necessary. Ensures that departmental goals are compatible with and enhance the hospital and organization's mission, values and strategic plan. Interacts with physicians, nurses, department managers and other professionals to provide resource information, resolve problems and identify new opportunities to improve service and reduce costs. Directs and assists in preparing reports and statistical data for the infection control committee, medical executive committee and the board of governors and other committees as needed. Performs an annual assessment and develops action plans from the prior year activities. Makes recommendations regarding construction, renovation, environmental rounds, and assures compliance with national and/or professional standards.
Currently, I am priviledged to be the System Director for Infection Control and Prevention for the CHRISTUS Health U.S. ministries including acute care hospitals in Texas, Louisiana, and New Mexico. I have been in this role for a little over a year, so I am new to the DFW infection prevention scene, and am now making time to become engaged with DFW APIC. Prior to my current role, I held various infection prevention positions in Houston and San Antonio as an IP and as a leader. I briefly served on the APIC Houston Boad of Directors prior to a job move, and now look forward to re-engaging in APIC leadership. I strongly believe that local APIC chapters generate a great amount of influence on changing and improving patient outcomes in the service areas, and I look forward to working closely with DFW APIC in the future.
My background is Microbiology and later was blessed to join Infection Prevention. I work as Manager for Infection Prevention for an acute care facility. I currently also serve as APIC faculty and have had the oppurtunity to teach EPI Intensive and ASC courses. I am passionate about education and research and I would like to serve APIC DFW in any area available.
I believe I would be a great candidate for the nominating committee because I would be a fresh set of eyes to what this committee does. I love what the committee is already doing with the Willingness to Serve statement from past members talking about their experience. Though I have only 4 years of Infection Prevention under my belt and have only been an APIC member going on 2 years, I really want to be involved more. I am familiar with APIC’s mission, vision, and values. I am knowledgeable on what the responsibilities are for this committee and the time commitment, which I am dedicated to serve. I am able to collaborate well with others and I believe I would be great at identifying potential candidates who possess the characteristics and skill sets needed to help advance our strategic plan.