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BRPT Announces Fourth Andrea Patterson Scholarship Winner
Polysomnography Student at Collin College in Texas Receives $2,500

McLean, VA – February 7, 2014 – The Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT) today announced that Euisun Field, of Dallas, Texas is the winner of the fourth Andrea Patterson Memorial Scholarship.  Field is a student enrolled in the Polysomnographic Technology program at Collin College in McKinney, Texas.

Field is currently a Personal Care Technician/Unit Clerk at the Medical Center of Lewisville in Lewisville, Texas where she enjoys working and communicating with patients, doctors and nurses.

Said BRPT President Theresa Krupski, RPSGT, RRT “I’m delighted to recognize such a hard working and compassionate student who approaches both her job and studies with diligence and an eye towards the patient’s point of view.”

“As a full time student with a full time job as a patient care technician, I’m actively preparing myself with the skills and knowledge from both work and school to provide the best possible care for patients in need of good sleep,” said Euisun Field.

Field also noted that moving forward she will need to cut down on her work hours to meet her academic and clinical requirements. “This scholarship signifies a ‘green light’ to me. I’m grateful for this honor as it will help me focus on my studies while providing financial support for tuition and books.”

Added Krupski, “Euisun’s application detailed a very well thought out plan for pursuing a career as a Polysomnographic Technologist and she expressed great excitement about entering a growing field with numerous opportunities.”

Field is expected to graduate in May 2015 after which she plans to take the RPSGT examination.  She is an active member of Sleep Tech, a student organization that’s part of the Polysomnographic Technology program at Collin College.

The Andrea Patterson Memorial Scholarship Program, named in honor of an early and highly regarded leader in the field of sleep technology, awards a $2,500 tuition grant each year to a promising student of polysomnography.  Scholarship applicants must be enrolled in or accepted by a CAAHEP-accredited program in PSG or a CoARC-accredited program with a PSG add-on.

About Andrea Patterson
Andrea Patterson, RPSGT, R. EEG T., managed the Hennepin County Sleep Program in Minneapolis, Minnesota for almost 30 years and was a leader in early efforts to develop a standardized competency-based test for sleep technologists. Those efforts were instrumental in the development of the RPSGT credentialing program. She published extensively in scientific journals and served on the BRPT Exam Development Committee for over 20 years, until her death in 2007.

The BRPT is an independent, non-profit certification board that cultivates the highest professional and ethical standards for polysomnographic technologists.  For more information, visit www.brpt.org.

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