USC Upstate News

Leary To Receive Palmetto Gold Award for Nursing Excellence

03- 29- 2010

Spartanburg, S.C. - Laura Leary, MS, RN, BC, OCN, a nursing instructor in the Mary Black School of Nursing at the University of South Carolina Upstate, will receive the 2010 Palmetto Gold Award for Nursing Excellence at a gala banquet April 2010 in Columbia. The Palmetto Gold Award for Nursing Excellence Award recognizes 100 nurses from across South Carolina each year for excellence and commitment to the nursing profession. 

Laura LearyThe selection process is done by blind review and considers professional nursing involvement over the past five years, work related activities, civic and community activities, and, honors and awards received.  The committee also scores measurable outcomes in the following areas: promotes/advances the profession of nursing in a positive way; demonstrates exceptional caring and commitment to patients, families, student nurses, and colleagues; demonstrates leadership and assists others to grow and develop, encourages peers in their practice, acts as a role model to inspire others to improve quality of practice; and promotes and advances the profession of nursing, contributes/influences the advancement of nursing through civic, community, and/or professional association activities.

Leary earned her associate’s degree in nursing and bachelor’s degree in nursing from USC Upstate in 1984. She completed her Master of Science in Nursing from Clemson University. Leary is certified in Medical-Surgical Nursing and Oncology Nursing, and is an End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) Trainer. She has worked as a Staff Nurse, Clinical Educator, Clinical Nurse Specialist, and Nurse Manager. Leary, whose career in nursing spans 25 years, has been a Nursing Instructor at USC Upstate for the past six years.

Leary’s sister, Lisa Leary, is also being honored with the 2010 Palmetto Gold Award for Nursing Excellence. Lisa Leary also earned her associate’s degree in nursing and bachelor’s degree in nursing from USC Upstate in 1987 before completing her Master of Science in Nursing from Clemson University. She is certified in Oncology Nursing and a Certified Breast Cancer Nurse and has an extensive background in Oncology Nursing having worked as a staff nurse in Oncology, Radiation Oncology Nurse, Oncology Research Nurse, and Breast Cancer Navigator for the last 10 years. Her nursing career spans 24 years.

For more information, contact Laura Leary at (864) 503-5452 or lleary@uscupstate.edu.