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Janie Taylor, LPN, Receives Exceptional Nurse Award


As part of the annual celebration of National Nurses Week and Hospital Week, the May 2013 DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses was awarded on May 6 to Janie Taylor, LPN, an Outpatient Therapy Services nurse at Tillamook County General Hospital.

Nominations from hospital co-workers included these comments about the exceptional nursing care Janie provides: “When Janie is caring for you, you’re the most important person in the room. She helps make difficult times much easier and give out large doses of ‘peace of mind.’ Janie is always concerned about the patient’s emotional and spiritual well-being as well as their physical health. She is always hard-working, always going above and beyond to help others, whether patients or coworkers.”

When asked about her nursing career path, Janie related that she had felt a calling to this profession for some time so when a friend started nursing training, she signed up as well. In 1964, she joined the hospital as a nurse’s aide, working for two years. She came back to work in the Fall of 1970 as an LPN. In the years since, Janie has served patients in Emergency Department, Medical Surgical, Obstetrics and Outpatient Therapy Services. She will celebrate a total of 45 years in the nursing profession this year.

“Anyone who works with Janie or has received nursing care from her knows how much she exemplifies this award,” stated Karen Kellar, VP for patient care, who presented the award. “She has a compassionate heart and depth of experience that blesses patients and co-workers every day.”

Other TCGH nursing staff nominated for this DAISY award include: Tami Begin, Rich Brainerd, Gretchen Brill, Alma Krauspe, Theresa Simmons and Megan Swenson.

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 1,200 healthcare organizations in seven countries participate in this program.