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Broadlawns Nurse Receives National DAISY Award

Teresa Rader recognized as “Extraordinary Nurse”

Des Moines, IA – July 2013 – An intensive care unit (ICU) nurse is the most recent Broadlawns Medical Center employee to receive the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. Teresa Rader, BSN, RN joined the nursing team at Broadlawns eight years ago and is also a Captain in the Army Reserves where she has served two stateside medical mobilizations.

The nomination of Teresa shares in detail how every day she demonstrates “excellence in providing expert compassionate care to the patients” and how her “enthusiasm and passion for providing that care is evident to their families and her coworkers.” Teresa is also celebrated for her love of sharing her knowledge to develop others such as the students and other professionals who experience and serve rotations in the ICU.

While attending Roland-Story High School Teresa joined the Army Reserves which started her on her medical path.  She attended Medic training and Licensed Practical Nursing School at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas.  After returning to Iowa, Teresa attended DMACC in Boone where she earned an Associate Degree in Nursing in 1996 and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Grand View University in 1998. She has been a nurse at Broadlawns since September 2005.

Teresa’s personal nursing philosophy is that every patient deserves compassion, regardless of the circumstances of their illness.  She treats every patient like she would want one of her own family members treated.

Here is one of the stories shared by a coworker:

There was a gentleman that had been in the ICU for quite some time and Teresa had spent many shifts caring for him. I would come through the ICU and see her at his bedside – combing his hair, shaving his face, even cutting his hair when he requested it.  This gentleman had great difficulty at times expressing what his needs were to staff, yet when Teresa cared for him it was not near as difficult.  She had a way of quickly understanding just what his needs were. She is an advocate for patients and in this case worked with the doctors so he could go outdoors for wheelchair rides.

This patient has since passed away, but seeing the look on his face after Teresa would bring him in from their walks, I know that she made each day she cared for him and the last days of his life the best that she possibly could.

Teresa lives in Ellsworth and has two daughters, Elizabeth Grace and Karly Anne. She thanks her family for always being there for her; whether to support her military training or caring for her girls during crazy nursing hours and making her career paths possible. 

About the Daisy Award

The DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Foundation was formed in January 2000 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died at age 33 of complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), an auto-immune disease. The Barnes Family, most impressed and appreciative of the clinical skills, caring and compassion of the nurses who cared for Patrick, created this national award to recognize the super-human work of nurses and to honor the compassion and care that nurses provide their patients every day. The awards are coordinated by the Broadlawns Nursing Professionalism Council.

About Broadlawns

Broadlawns Medical Center first opened its doors as a hospital to the residents of Polk County in 1924. Over the years, Broadlawns has adapted to the changing demands of public health care, yet remained true to its mission of offering quality health services to all Polk County residents and training tomorrow’s health care professionals. Today Broadlawns Medical Center is composed of:

  • An acute care community hospital serving medical, surgical, mental health and primary care needs.
  • A 60-member physician practice overseeing numerous specialty clinics and outpatient services.
  • A Family Medicine Residency Program that graduates physician leaders who today serve in 22 of Iowa’s 99 counties.

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