For David Trottman, being on the receiving end of unexpected recognition was an opportunity to deflect credit to those he works with and works for.

The certified occupational health nurse specialist, assigned to Navy Medicine Readiness Training Command Bremerton detachment Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, was surprised recently with The DAISY Award.

The nurse-centric accolade specifically honors “the super-human work nurses do for patients and families every day wherever they practice, in whatever role they serve, and throughout their careers,” according to the DAISY foundation.

“Honestly, I have never believed that I deserve an award. I truly try and do the best I can do each day, but as part of the team that I work with. I wish we could all be recognized as a group. However, it was very humbling to receive this award and I am thankful for it,” said Trottman, regional program manager for occupational health nursing at the largest occupational health clinic in the Department of Navy serving approximately 16,000 DoD shipyard workers.

Trottman attests that being a recipient of the DAISY Award affirms that the work the clinic does is being noticed and appreciated.

“It just sheds light on the work we do here. We are compassionate care givers. We are the only real medical presence at the shipyard, other than the fire department. We are not an emergency room, or intensive care unit, but we take care of the almost 16,000 workers here every day,” Trottman said.

The clinic provides support to PSNS with comprehensive work surveys, program evaluation for elimination and control of chemical/biological health hazards, hearing conservation, health promotion/wellness, treatment of occupational injuries and illnesses, certification examinations, occupationally related immunizations, medical surveillance, and more.

“The best part of my job is knowing that I have a direct impact on the U.S. Navy and its mission,” related Trottman. “Every day, workers come to see me. I help to ensure that they remain safe in their daily tasks servicing the submarines and surface vessels that are at the shipyard.”