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Clinical Research Center in Hershey welcomes new nurse manager

Clinical Research Center in Hershey recently welcomed Christine Capper, RN, as its nurse manager after Shirlynn Mottilla, RN, retired.

Clinical Research Centers are located on both the Hershey and University Park campuses and provide clinical research infrastructure, including research nursing and clinical equipment. To request a consultation about the clinical research centers, complete a service request form.

What is your background?

“I grew up in Bucks County and I have lived in Mechanicsburg for the last 20 years. I went to the University of Scranton and have been a nurse for 30 years, 20 of which have been here in Hershey with Penn State. Most of my career has been in oncology and research. I worked as a clinical trials coordinator for 10 years, in both oncology and Penn State Heart and Vascular Institute.”

What interested you in this position? 

“This position is a nice combination of two aspects of my career which I have enjoyed. Research has always been interesting to me. This job lets me see what type of research is being done by many different departments within the Penn State system. I also love directly dealing with patients, and this role allows for that. I think the generosity of subjects volunteering their time is admirable, and I like to be sure that they are aware of how important they are to the outcome of our studies.”

In your short time with the Clinical Research Center, has anything surprised you?

“I have been pleasantly surprised by how many different departments utilize the space and all of the different resources that the Clinical Research Center offers. It has also been a nice surprise to come across so many employees that I have worked with – both directly and indirectly –  in past jobs I have had over the last 20 years.”

Do you have a leadership style?

“I would like to think that I am approachable and that I would never ask anyone to do anything that I wouldn’t be willing to do myself. I recognize we all bring different strengths to the job and are best working together.”

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