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Doug Brill, RN, Receives Exceptional Nurse Award


The Fall 2011 DAISY Award for extraordinary nurses was awarded on November 29 to Doug Brill, RN, a nurse on the Medical Surgical unit at Tillamook County General Hospital.

Nominations from hospital co-workers included these comments about the exceptional nursing care provided by Doug: He leads by great example and is always willing to share his experiences and knowledge. He has a way of always being cheerful yet professional, making Doug a unique team player. As a preceptor for nurses being oriented to the unit, he is very attentive and is always looking out for the safety of the patient. He is a trustworthy co-worker that everyone can depend on. All in all, Doug has always been someone that I look up to as a nurse and I think he is very deserving of this DAISY award.

Other hospital nurses nominated for this DAISY award include: Megan Davis, Larry Hamilton, Marian Johnson, Sara Koberstein, Alma Krauspe, Allison Miller, Kelli Salinas and Gayle Stephens.

On completing his nursing degree at Blue Mountain Community College in 1999, Doug received his nursing license the same day as his son, Jacob, was born. An avid fisherman, Doug and his family enjoyed vacationing in Tillamook and relocated to live and work here in 2007. Doug’s years of clinical experience and his easy rapport with patients, staff and physicians combine to make him a respected nurse preceptor and “Superuser” resource for the hospital’s recent electronic health records implementation. Doug sums up his philosophy as, “Positive attitude is everything.”

The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses was established by the DAISY Foundation in memory of J. Patrick Barnes who died at age 33 with an autoimmune disease. The Barnes Family, awestruck by the clinical skills, caring and compassion of the nurses who cared for Patrick, created a nationwide award program to express appreciation to nurses. This award is now presented twice yearly to a Tillamook Hospital nurse nominated for extraordinary patient care. More than 976 healthcare organizations nationwide, as well as in Canada and Saudi Arabia, now participate in giving this award.