We were deeply saddened to learn of the tragic and devastating loss of Mr. Doug Bryant, he was truly an amazing individual who positively impacted many people in every facet of his life. Doug Brant was a long-time home health and hospice nurse. Brant’s life was cut short when a 33-year-old man shot and killed while on a home visit to a new patient recovering from a stroke while the Providence registered nurse was treating the shooter’s grandmother at her home. According to court documents, Brant was meeting the patient and her husband when their grandson, who had been living with them, shot him three times. After Brant fell, the killer shot him one last time and fled. The patient’s 31-year-old grandson has been arrested for the killing.

Douglas Brant was a long-time home health and hospice nurse. He joined Providence Home Services King County 17 years ago, then went on to work for Providence Hospice of Seattle, and most recently he worked for Providence VNA Home Health in Spokane. He attended the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at Wenatchee Valley College (WVC) in 2019-20, where he also received his Associate’s Degree in Nursing in 2000. While attending the BSN program, Doug worked for Providence VNA Home Health in Spokane. He was known as an incredibly kind, compassionate, and helpful person. Outside of work, he was a friend, brother, uncle, musician, and treasurer of the Washington State Nurses Association at Providence VNA. Douglas Brant worked tirelessly with his patients – often adding another one to his already full schedule – while still carving out time to teach youth guitar lessons. Sometimes, he combined his nursing and musical skills by picking up and playing a guitar in a patient’s home to connect with them.

Doug lost his life while on the job in an act of senseless violence. To memorialize his compassionate nature and honor his career, Doug’s family has established a nursing scholarship endowment at the Wenatchee Valley College Foundation. This scholarship will last in perpetuity and support BSN students.


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I did home health for many years. I had guns pulled on me, I delivered care while spouses watched me with shotguns and once I had to show my pregnant belly to a paranoid schizophrenic who thought I had a bomb in my sweater. Nurses don’t get enough credit for what they put up with to provide care and advocate for their patients.

I have been physically assaulted, verbally abused, knives and ice picks pulled on me as well as a shot gun once in the hospital WE HAVE TO CHANGE THIS!!!

I tried home health once. My first couple of patients were a breeze, then I had one that left me so scared that I quit and never went back. And again, it wasn’t the patient, it was a grandson that was staying there. When I addressed my concerns with my company, my supervisor just said that their policy doesn’t allow us to carry a weapon, but if I felt more comfortable I could have mine in my car. At that point I knew it wasn’t for me!

I’m a rn hospice case manager..I’ve had a gun pulled on me once.. extremely terrified. In May my patients son never put up his pit bull and he attacked and mauled my arm. That was absolutely terrifying..You really don’t know at times what you are walking into.

it’s an uncontrolled environment. No security. You enter their homes at your own risk. You also might catch a disease such as tuberculosis. Hospital emergency rooms are dangerous to work at what more going to someone’s home. There is no safety there.

I had a pt threaten to kill me once over a medication box. He went towards the bedroom and I ran jumped in my car and drove away. Our company dropped him and notified his dr.

I have been a hospice nurse for 3 years and have already been in 3 situations that have made me fear for my life.

I once found myself alone in a home with a new intake patient, who informed me he’d recently been paroled after serving 40+ years of a 99-year sentence. I could think of only a few reasons for such a sentence, none of them good. That was the day I started texting my family each arrival and departure time plus address. Another rural home had a human-sized plywood cutout nailed to a tree by the long driveway, riddled with bullet holes to deter thieves. Glad he knew my expected arrival time.

I’ve never understood why a background safety check is not part of the referral process. I had an incident happen to me when I was in home health, a patients wife walked in the room with two loaded hand guns while I was asking SOC questions. I could tell she was high on something so I left without finishing. All the agency cared about was why the Med rec was incomplete. If WSNA advocated for safety like they are elected and paid to do, things like this can be prevented.

I did it 16 for years and never had any fear. You couldn’t pay me enough to do it now with all this craziness that’s going on. People has the attitude that they can just take a life no big deal.