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Promoting Health through Education
Gail Bennett, RN, MSN, CIC
APIC Hero Gail Bennett, RN, MSN, CIC, president of ICP Associates, Inc. in Rome, Georgia, is recognized as an educator whose work has taken her through 40 of the 50 United States as well as within the West Indies.
Initially working as a charge nurse in an emergency department, in 1977 she switched specialties and became an infection preventionists (IP). She developed an acute care hospital infection prevention program as well as a comprehensive occupational health program.
Bennett has developed and presented hundreds of training programs since 1986, 11 years after becoming an IP and a member of APIC.
Yet despite her impressive track record as an educator, Bennett is proudest of the record she set by serving as faculty every year for 30 consecutive years at APIC Annual Conferences. In some years she presented as many as five conference sessions.
“I’m one of the 20 percent of people in the nation appropriately employed—I love infection prevention,” said this author of 10 books and former training program faculty for the CDC.
In 1986, Bennett served as president of APIC-Atlanta as well as on the APIC national board of directors. In 2009, Bennett received the Georgia Infection Prevention Network John McGowan Award for service in infection prevention as well as the APIC-Atlanta Outstanding Member Award.
Bennett has strong ties to APIC through some of the procedure manuals she has created for hospitals, home healthcare, behavioral health, and ambulatory care facilities. “Developing policy and procedure manuals meets one of my goals, which is to promote best practices for infection prevention,” said Bennett. “I strive to do that.”
Her future goal is to focus more strongly on education and conferences and to develop additional products that will facilitate the work of other infection preventionists.