Fayetteville, Ga. (June 4, 2013) – Leslie Branson, BSN, RN, an intensive care unit (ICU) nurse at Piedmont Fayette Hospital, has been named winner of the DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The recognition is part of a national program honoring nurses for their clinical skills and compassionate care for patients and their families.
Branson was nominated for the award by a patient’s family who recognized her compassion, caring and insight in handling medical concerns for both the patient and family members. The family said of Branson’s care, “Leslie was a true angel on earth in a time when we were desperately in need of one.”
Before attending nursing school, Branson got her first experience in nursing in the Army. She decided to make a full career transition to nursing in 1999, when she worked at Piedmont Physicians at Yorktown.
“Under the direction and guidance of Drs. Ferrol ‘Sambo’ Sams Jr., Ferrol Sams, III and Frank Cole, I became more interested in returning to school,” said Branson. “When I worked there, Dr. Sambo taught me to always take care of sick folks and don’t be greedy, among other things. Nurses are one of the many unsung heroes, and are not recognized nearly enough for what they do. I feel very humbled to have received the first DAISY of Piedmont.”
Branson graduated from nursing school in 2009 and began working in the Piedmont Fayette ICU. For Branson, her work is rewarding not only because of how she helps others but because of what she can learn from them.
“I love working with critical care patients because there is so much opportunity for guiding people through difficult times as well as learning from them,” said Branson. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to work with a great group of nurses who have been supportive throughout my learning process of critical care.”
Nurses can be nominated for the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses by colleagues, physicians, patients and visitors. Honorees are selected quarterly by a selection committee and nursing administration team.
“We are proud to be among the Piedmont hospitals participating in the DAISY Award program,” said Judy Long, RN, MS, CNS, vice president and chief nursing officer at Piedmont Fayette. “Nurses are everyday heroes and the DAISY Award is an important way to let our nurses know their work is highly valued.”
The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at the age of 33 in 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura, a little known but not uncommon autoimmune disease. The care Barnes and his family received from nurses inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and their families.
For more information about nursing opportunities at Piedmont Fayette, visit piedmont.org.