McLeod’s Beard presented DAISY Award
Tiffani Beard, a nurse in the Heart and Vascular Intensive Care Unit (HVICU), was recently named the October DAISY Award recipient for McLeod Regional Medical Center.
Beard was nominated by a patient’s wife for her extraordinary care and compassion.
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 husband and I have been married for 46 years,” the patient’s wife wrote on the nomination form. “He began bruising, so with a number of tests, doctors discovered that he had a severe heart blockage. He was transported to McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence where Dr. Huber performed bypass surgery.
“Tiffani stayed with my husband way past her regular shift to ensure he didn’t panic when he woke. She treated both of us with kindness and compassion.
“We were at his follow-up appointment recently, so we went by to thank Tiffani personally. She cried with me when she realized what her tender care meant to us. She is a great asset to your unit. If anyone deserves a big pat on the back, it would be Tiffani.”
The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, Ca., 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, a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease.
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 www.McLeodNursing.org.
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.