NNU Alumnus Receives 2015 St. Luke’s Presidential Award

Published on May 03, 2016.
Scottie Kafka, a 2008 graduate of the BSN program was a 2015 recipient of the very prestigious St. Luke’s President’s Award, given to outstanding, role model St. Luke’s employees. St. Luke’s currently employs over 12,500 persons in their healthcare system; 2,743 in the Treasure Valley alone. Scottie was one of 11 individuals honored to receive the President’s Award, and the only RN to receive the award in 2015 who was strictly a bedside nurse.

Scottie is an RN-V in the Clinical Support Unit (CSU), where he has worked since August 2008.  Scottie is widely recognized as an exceptional nurse on all of the units he supports, which includes 7 medical/surgical units, 3 telemetry units, 3 critical care units, 3 emergency departments, Eagle Urgent Care, MSTI outpatient clinics in Meridian, Nampa and Fruitland as well as serving in the Resource Nurse role in both Boise and Meridian. In his role on the CSU, Scottie is responsible for floating to the areas of greatest need on any given day, and frequently is required to change units mid-shift to meet patient and organizational needs. One of Scottie’s nominators noted that “The most amazing thing about Scottie is that wherever he works he keeps an upbeat and positive attitude and he does everything with a smile…He makes any unit he works in a better place and he brings a calming effect to wherever he goes.”

Scottie is a sought after as a nursing preceptor for students and new nursing staff.  He is also a member of the CSU Shared Governance Committee and Co-Chair of the Adult Health Coordinating Council for the Treasure Valley. He is a past-Chair of the Treasure Valley Nursing Practice Council and former member of the Nursing Shared Governance Steering Committee which helped to develop the future vision and make recommendations for the next phase of shared governance for the St. Luke’s Health System.

Scottie admits that he really likes his job and likes being a Registered Nurse. Scottie says, “I am passionate about navigating the balance stride of having one foot firmly set upon good science and best-practice supported by current literature and research while the other foot finds its secure hold upon compassion, empathy and the caring tenderness of one human toward another in crucial time of need.” Scottie has the desire to pursue graduate education as a Nurse Anesthetist, perhaps after his kids are out of high school.

Scottie has been married to his best friend, Erica for 18 years. They have four teen-aged children.  Scottie and his family are very active in the ministries of life at the Cornerstone Worship Center, which is a Foursquare church in Nampa. He is a musician in the worship band and the Kafka family has a home church that meets in their house every other week.

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