Leslie Branson, a 2009 graduate of Clayton State University and currently an intensive care unit nurse at Piedmont Fayette Hospital, has been named winner of the DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Award for Extraordinary Nurses. DAISY 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.
Before attending the Clayton State School of Nursing, Branson started in nursing in the U.S. Army, deciding to make nursing her career in 1999. Branson began working in the Piedmont Fayette ICU after graduating from ClaytonState.
DAISY honorees are selected quarterly by a selection committee and nursing administration team. 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. The care Barnes and his family received from nurses inspired the creation of the Foundation and its means of thanking nurses for making a difference.