Catching Up With Tania Bubb, PhD, RN, CIC, FAPIC, the 2024 APIC President


Infection Control Today sat down with Tania Bubb, PhD, RN, CIC, FAPIC, the president of the 2024 Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology.

The president of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) is part of the executive board and serves as chair of the board of directors (BOD). The BOD is responsible for positioning the association to best serve its members and maintaining its focus on improving the practice and management of infection prevention. It establishes policies and directs the activities of elected officials, committees, and the CEO. They also oversee APIC’s finances and charter chapters.

The president, president-elect, and immediate past president serve 1-year terms, with the president-elect succeeding the president. Then, the immediate past president effectively served for 3 years in a president-related role. Both the treasurer and secretary have 2-year terms.

Infection Control Today® (ICT®) had the honor of speaking with Tania Bubb, PhD, RN, CIC, FAPIC, the 2024 president of the APIC, on the last day of the 2024 APIC Annual Conference & Exposition, held from June 3 to 5 in San Antonio, Texas. She discussed her proudest moment in her presidency so far, her goals for the rest of her presidency, and her journey to the presidency.

Tania Bubb, PhD, RN, CIC, FAPIC, with Infection Control Today's Tori Whitacre Martonicz at the 2024 APIC Annual Conference & Exposition.

Tania Bubb, PhD, RN, CIC, FAPIC, with Infection Control Today's Tori Whitacre Martonicz at the 2024 APIC Annual Conference & Exposition.

In addition to her APIC presidency, Bubb is the senior director of infection prevention and control at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, with extensive experience in academic medical centers since 2006. WIthin APIC, Bubb has held several roles in local and national boards, including chairing the Professional Development Committee and cochairing the Health Inequities and Disparities Taskforce.

Bubb brings many talents and knowledge to her presidency. She is an accomplished speaker and author on infection prevention topics. She holds a bachelor's and a master of science degrees from the City University of New York at the Herbert H. Leman College and a PhD in nursing from New York University.

Tania Bubb, PhD, RN, CIC, FAPIC: I'm at the APIC 24 Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas. It is hot here! But it is an exciting conference, as it usually is. So far, my favorite moment of the presidency is representing IPs in their work and working with APIC volunteers and the APIC staff to accomplish the goal of APIC, which is health care without infection.

ICT: What is your proudest moment so far in your APIC presidency?

TB: Or my proudest moment is really at this conference, and IPs of all backgrounds just coming up to me and saying that they are so proud of my representation and that they can see themselves now through me. And that makes me proud to be a role model and to be living up to that responsibility.

ICT: What are your goals for the second half of your presidency?

TB: For the next half of my year, I will focus on continuing to carry out the mission and vision of a big and helping IPs in their daily lives. The goal of what we do is to create resources and tools for IPs to get their jobs done in the easiest way possible. We know that our database can be quite challenging but always fulfilling, and APIC is here to support that mission.

ICT: What was your journey to reach APIC's presidency?

TB: My story is [that] I am a nurse by training. I started out as a staff nurse. I live and work in New York City. So, I started off as a staff nurse at a large academic medical center, went on to get my graduate degree, and got a job in infection control just by accident. [I] really didn't know anything about it and just have continued on in the profession.

I subsequently attained my doctorate degree while working in infection control many years ago. And I think part of what has led me to this point in my career is really my volunteerism through APIC. I have learned so much; I have gained so much knowledge and skills, leadership skills, and facts by [through] my volunteerism through the local chapter—Greater New York Chapter 13—where I started.

Then, I started volunteering on national APIC committees, was elected to the APIC board, and was elected president. So, it sounds like a straight path. It's not. There were lots of interruptions and deviations along the way, but all of those helped to inform my journey—my journey here today.

(Quotes edited for clarity.)

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