Scott Blackledge, RN, was presented the 2016 Kristi Hund Award for Nurse Excellence by the Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative (RWHC). The Nurse Excellence Award recognizes the high quality of nursing provided by hospitals serving rural communities. Nurses in community hospital settings must be highly educated and well-rounded in terms of clinical practice, in addition to having the ability to respond to a variety of age groups, diagnoses, and patient emergencies.
Blackledge has honorably served patients in the emergency room at Stoughton Hospital for over 17 years. During this time, his dedication to teamwork, role versatility, life-long learning and clinical knowledge have exceeded the clinical standards set forth by the nursing profession. Over his tenure he has been a leader, role model, teacher, preceptor, patient advocate, and a care coordinator to name a few of his contributions.
Tina Strandlie, Nurse Manager of Stoughton Hospital’s Emergency Department nominated Blackledge. “The dynamic influence of Scott is undeniable in his ability to role model excellence as a professional nurse. Moreover, his positive attitude, caring demeanor, honesty, patience, dependability and promotion of teamwork create a positive working culture. His calm approach to difficult situations allows his peers to approach him without hesitation.” According to his colleagues, “he is a pleasure and a treasure to work with.”