Presented to an individual who has made outstanding professional contributions to public health or community health nursing.
Doug Brant is given this award posthumously. Doug, a beloved home-health nurse at Providence Visiting Nurses Association in Spokane, was killed Dec. 1 while caring for a patient. He was 56.
Doug was doing a first visit with a patient who had recently had a stroke when a family member shot Doug multiple times. Doug’s death was a shock to co-workers and the nursing community. His colleagues said Doug was an amazing coworker, friend, family member, and musician. He loved taking care of his patients and often combined his nursing and music while working with them.
He began his career with Providence in 2005 while working for Home Services in King County.
At WSNA, Doug was most recently treasurer of Providence Visiting Nurses Association.
In an interview done during his most recent nurse training in Wenatchee, he stated that whatever path he chose, it would involve helping others. “Isaiah 45:2 says, 'I will make the crooked places straight' and I'd like to help others in that way."
May we all carry forward, in our nursing profession, the love, professionalism and dedication that Doug practiced.