Three UTHCT employees achieve distinction in their respective fields

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Three employees of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler recently achieved distinction in their respective fields. They are Marian Crawford, RN, nursing coordinator in UTHSCT’s Occupational Health Clinic; and Kelly Pierson and Benji Hawkins, both clinical trial specialists in the Center for Clinical Research.

Crawford received the Marguerite Ahern Graff Excellence in Occupational Health Nursing Award for earning the highest score in the nation on the board certification exam for occupational health nurses. The American Board for Occupational Health Nurses administers the exam.

Just 77 percent of the 241 nurses who took the rigorous exam passed it. Crawford, who has worked at UTHSCT since 1997, tied with one other person for the nation’s highest score.

“Here at UTHSCT, I’ve been fortunate to be exposed to both academic and clinical occupational health on a daily basis. I’ve had excellent mentors in our faculty and staff,” she said. Crawford attributed her high score to her varied experience in more than 12 years of occupational health nursing.

Pierson and Hawkins received their certification from the Association of Clinical Research Coordinators. Pierson joined UTHSCT about 14 years ago, and Hawkins has worked at UTHSCT for 12 years,

To achieve the status of certified clinical research coordinator, each applicant must have work experience in the field and pass a comprehensive exam. The association, founded in 1976, has more than 17,000 members who work in clinical research and development.

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