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Des Moines Nurse Receives National DAISY Award


Des Moines, IA – June 2014 – A medical-surgical nurse was the most recent Broadlawns Medical Center employee to receive the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses.

Ebrima was nominated by his patients, celebrated by Broadlawns and presented a special sculpture called, A Healer’s Touch. 

“Broadlawns is very happy to be among the hospitals participating in the DAISY Award program and recognizing the nurses who personify our shared commitment to providing expert care and a remarkable patient experience.” said, Susan Kirstein, Chief Nursing Officer.


Ebrima Jabang (EB), 26, grew up in Gambia, West Africa, where a belief about education being the key to success in life was a value he learned at a very young age.

Gambians can attend Nursing School for free provided they meet qualifications to get into the one and only Registered Nurse institution in the country.  It is a very competitive process for admission into nursing school. With impressive grades from high school, he was among the top students to be admitted into nursing school that year. He chose to be a nurse because he loves to care for people. 


Upon graduating from nursing school, he received the best news of his life - a full ride academic scholarship to further his education in the United States of America. He completed a Bachelors of Science in Nursing with honors from Grandview University.


What he loves most about working at Broadlawns is the diversity of the community. “Diversity is well embraced at Broadlawns and this makes our job easier.  A diverse work force is well prepared and responds better, timely and appropriately in times of emergencies.  Diversity also enables us to render care to our clients in ways and means that are in line with their cultural beliefs and practices, and this is the key to improving patient satisfaction,” said

Ebrima Jabang (EB).”


Here is one of the stories shared by a patient:

“I was admitted to Med / Surg floor and was very scared and worried because they couldn’t get an IV in me except for the top of my foot.  I was told by others that I’d be getting a PICC Line put in because they don’t like to do IVs in feet for very long and I couldn’t understand why.  EB explained why they don’t like to keep IVs there for long periods of time and he explained the procedure of the PICC line placement and he reassured me that it would be OK.  He did not treat me as just another patient.  I was an individual and not a bother to him. 

I asked him of his RN schooling and he explained how he had to go longer in Africa and take his tests over here and so he was well-prepared.  He didn’t rush his time with me and he even introduced and shook my husband’s hand.  If I paged him and had any questions or anything he came promptly and showed enthusiasm. EB’s attitude and care was excellent and far above and beyond in the five-day stay there."

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 Professional Practice Council.

About Broadlawns
Broadlawns Medical Center is home to 1,000 employees, 300 physicians and an 88-member physician staff working together to ensure quality care that is coordinated, compassionate and cost-effective. Broadlawns is more than a Polk County acute care, community hospital. Patients and their families benefit from the convenience and coordinated care of a medical campus that includes the main hospital, emergency services, inpatient and outpatient services, lab and radiology services, mental health services, specialty clinics, a crisis team and other support services – all in one place.

Broadlawns accepts all forms of insurance and its approach to health care delivery systems and quality outcomes helped it earn a Level 3 rating through the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) – the highest achievable status possible for a Medical Home care delivery model.

Broadlawns takes a leadership position in teaching the next generation of health care professionals through its residency and fellows programs. In 1971 it became one of the first fully accredited Family Medicine Residency programs in the Midwest and has curriculums designed to meet all requirements of the residency review committee of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

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