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Kirk Butler

  • Puyallup Washington
  • 573.380.0227



Board Certified Registered Nurse (RN-BC) and Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN) Active Duty Captain in the United States Army Nurse Corps with nursing experience in intensive care, field trauma, tactical operations, inpatient telemetry, outpatient cardiology, administrative policies and procedures, and medical readiness and training. 

Skills & Certifications

  • Board Certified Registered Nurse (RN-BC)
  • Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN)
  • Active, unrestricted nursing license in WA - #RN60371697
  • Trauma Nurse Core Course (TNCC)
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support Provider (ACLS)
  • Basic Life Support Provider (BLS)
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support Provider (PALS)
  • Advanced Burn Life Support Provider (ABLS-P)

Nursing Experience

Sep 2014Present


Madigan Army Medical Center, JBLM

Clinical Staff Nurse in a 20-bed Intensive Care Unit supporting 11 subspecialties within a 243-bed Regional Medical Center.

  • Ensure quality nursing care is provided to critically ill patients utilizing evidence-based practice protocols and the nursing process In Accordance With professional standards.
  • Maintain clinical competence and ensures care provided IAW Army mission/vision/values, Army Medical Department standards, accrediting organizations, and regulatory agencies. Participate in performance improvement processes to ensure the highest standards of practice are achieved.
  • Support and apply nursing research into current practice. Ensure military readiness and supports military training mission.
  • Demonstrate competent, ethical and patient focused clinical practice. 
  • Provide the highest quality nursing care in a complex and challenging clinical environment demonstrating superior competence and technical ability by managing high acuity patients.
  • Conduct monthly leadership rounding throughout Critical Care section to maintain compliance with Joint Commission. Highly proficient in a wide variety of Critical Care capabilities. 
  • Enhance professional growth and development of others as demonstrated by precepting of two Army Nurse Corp officers and four Army LVN 68C students.
  • Excel in identifying areas of opportunities, techniques, and approaches of evidenced-based practice to improve the unit. 
Oct 2012Jul 2014


3-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team, JBLM

Served as the Brigade Nurse for the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division.

  • Planned, implemented, and evaluated medical training programs in support of over 200 Medics.
  • Advised Brigade Commander and Surgeon on medical readiness statistics and medical training needs.
  • Responsible for tracking medical readiness for over 4,000 Soldiers. Served as clinical liaison between Madigan Medical Center and Command Teams functioning as a Soldier advocate.
  • Head Nurse for the Role 2 patient hold consisting of 20 beds and three medics. Responsible for maintaining $161,052 worth of medical equipment. 
  • Ensured commitment to safety by developing 21 new standard operating protocols regarding safe and proper clinical guidelines on managing a 20-bed Patient Hold.
  • Developed and implemented the Brigade's system for tracking and analyzing over 18,000 appointments and missed appointments, which decreased no show rate to less than 6% by managing over 640 reschedules, saving the Army over $45,000. 
  • Streamlined workload of over 7,000 patients for Brigades' Physician Assistants and Surgeons optimizing provider availability and healthcare access to Soldiers.
  • Instrumental in streamlining analysis and communication between Brigade's medical community and Madigan Medical Center resulting in a reduction of 19.5% of >180day profiles.
  • Initiated Brigade 3B Profile Review resulting in a decrease of 3B Profiles > 180days by 40%. Resulted in medically non-available Soldiers decreasing over 35%. 
  • Consulted to improve Brigade Support Medical Company's MASCAL procedures during National Training Center rotation.  
Aug 2009Sep 2012


Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, HI

Performed as a clinical staff nurse In Accordance With professional practice standards in a 25-bed Medicine-Telemetry unit of a 218-bed tertiary care with an average daily census of 19 patients.

  • Planned, directed, and provided comprehensive nursing care for six to seven patients while establishing goals and appropriate nursing interventions for acute/chronically ill patients.
  • Collaborated with physicians and ancillary health care professionals to ensure a multidisciplinary approach to meeting the needs of patients and their families.
  • As Charge Nurse, directly supervised multiple registered nurses and paraprofessionals. Provided orientation to new staff members.
  • Participated in all components of Patient Caring Touch System of Care initiatives, unit level performance improvement, infection control, and staff education programs. 
  • Excelled in multiple leadership positions as charge nurse, unit practice council chair, and acting clinical Officer-In-Charge (CNOIC-head nurse). 
  • Provided excellent care for multiple complex medical patients while managing several professional and paraprofessional staff members as charge nurse on unit.
May 2009Jul 2009


University of Washington - St. Louis - Gateway Battalion

Leveraged recruiting expertise and took on a leadership role to drive strategy and execution of Army efforts for acquisition of future leaders in the Gateway Battalion consisting of 11 schools in the St. Louis metro area.

  • Reported to officer in charge to shape recruitment strategy, cadet training, metric measurements, and talent optimization of programs for cadets. 
  • Implemented remedial physical training program for cadets to qualify for ROTC scholarships.
  • Created marketing strategy packet detailing essential deadlines for students, and information related to joining Army ROTC. 


Oct 2015Present

Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) – Nurse Educator

Liberty University - Lynchburg, VA

Degree in progress

Aug 2004Dec 2008

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) 

University of Missouri - Columbia, MO

Sinclair School of Nursing

Military Education

  • Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) - Tropical Medicine Course 
  • Critical Care/Emergency Nursing Course (CCEN)
  • Expert Field Medical Badge (EFMB) 
  • AMEDD Captains Career Course (ACCC)
  • AMEDD Officer Basic Course (OBC)
  • Nurse Summer Training Program (NSTP)
  • Leadership Development and Assessment Course (LDAC)
  • Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC)

Decorations and Awards 

  • Army Commendation Medal (2012, 2014, 2016)
  • National Defense Service Medal (2009)
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Ribbon (2009)
  • Army Service Ribbon (2009)
  • Overseas Service Ribbon (2009)
  • Expert Field Medical Badge (2013)