Emily Butler to receive Distinguished Practitioner award

May 10, 2011

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Emily Butler, nurse practitioner in the Student Health Center and College of Nursing alumna, has been named Distinguished Practitioner by the University of Washington School of Nursing. She will be honored at a ceremony held May 26 at Benaroya Hall. Butler received her bachelor of science in nursing from SU in 1996 and went on to graduate from the advanced registered nurse practitioner program at the University of Washington. She has served in the Student Health Center since 2003. 

"Emily has been an outstanding ARNP staff member in the SU Student Health Center for nearly eight years," said Maura O'Connor, director of the Student Health Center. "She is looked up to by all the staff as a conscientious and dedicated health care provider. She always demonstrates a genuine care for the individual be it with patients or colleagues. We are truly fortunate to have Emily working with us!"

Of her work at SU, Butler said: “I value both the challenges and opportunities I am given in this setting to potentially guide young adults. It is my intent to not only treat their physical concerns but to also be supportive, compassionate and an educator as they test their independence and establish health behaviors that can affect their future. I have the great fortune of being surrounded by outstanding nurse practitioners who share the same ideals.”

Before she enrolled in SU's nursing program, Butler earned a bachelor's degree history with an Italian minor from Marquette University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa as a member of Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit Honor Society as well as the History Honor Society.