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Spalding senior Scotty Brooks named Kentucky Nurses Association Student of the Year

Spalding SGA president also holds leadership positions for state and national nursing student organizations

Steve Jones

Spalding University School of Nursing senior Scotty Brooks has received an award as the top nursing student in Kentucky.

Brooks, who holds student nursing leadership positions at the university, state and national levels, was named the 2018 Kentucky Nurses Association Student of the Year. He received the honor Thursday, Nov. 1 at the KNA Annual Conference at the Holiday Inn Louisville East.

It’s latest in a long list of accolades and distinctions for Brooks, who serves as president of the Kentucky Association of Nursing Students and the chair of the National Student Nurses’ Association council of presidents of state nursing associations. He is the first Spalding student since at least the 1980s to serve on the NSNA board.

Brooks is also president of Spalding’s Student Government Association and Spalding University Nursing Students organization.

“I’m really excited to receive such a prestigious award from such an established organization,” Brooks said, “but really it’s just a true testament to the faculty and staff and students I’m surrounded by every day. (At Spalding), it’s a nurturing, welcoming environment, and they’ve all been very accommodating and supportive. I’ve just sort of been the recipient of all that support. It’s really their award, not mine.”

Brooks also received a one-year membership to the KNA.

He will represent Spalding next week at the National Student Nurses’ Association MidYear Career Planning Conference at the Galt House.

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