McLeod Nurse Receives April DAISY Nursing Award


McLeod Nurse Lee Broughton received the DAISY Nursing Award for April. She is pictured with Regina Floyd, RN, a Clinical Instructor for Florence-Darlington Technical College, and her nursing students.

McLeod Registered Nurse Lee Broughton was named the April DAISY Award Recipient for McLeod Regional Medical Center on April 19, 2018. Broughton, a staff nurse on the Cardiovascular Nursing Unit, was nominated by Regina Floyd, RN, a Clinical Instructor for Florence-Darlington Technical College, for the extraordinary compassion and care she demonstrates towards Floyd’s students.

To recognize those Nurses at McLeod Regional Medical Center who are true examples of Nursing Excellence, patients, family members and co-workers may nominate nurses for the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day.

“My clinical group are senior students but many have not had the opportunity to observe cardiac procedures such as a heart catheterization,” said Floyd. “When Lee learned this, she took it upon herself to make the arrangements so the students could observe a procedure.

“Each Thursday, when I am here at McLeod Regional Medical Center with my nursing students, Lee’s smiling and caring nature shines through. She makes us all feel welcomed and appreciated and for students that means a lot. A good clinical experience helps mold nursing students into caring nurses,” added Floyd.

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, California, and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique way of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.

Nurses may be nominated for their strong clinical skills and the compassionate care they provide. Nomination forms are available on each nursing unit at McLeod Regional Medical Center or can be found at

Recipients of the DAISY Award are chosen by the DAISY committee led by nurses at McLeod Regional Medical Center. Awards are given throughout the year at presentations in front of the nurse’s colleagues, physicians, patients, and visitors. Each honoree receives a certificate commending her or him for being an “Extraordinary Nurse.” The certificate reads: “In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many people.” The honoree is also given a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called “A Healer’s Touch,” hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.