Broadlawns Nurse Receives International DAISY Award for Exceptional Care

Nancy Parkey smiling and holding a bouquet of white flowers and the Healer's Touch sculpture.Des Moines, Iowa (August 12, 2019) – Broadlawns Medical Center (BMC) is pleased to announce that a member of its nursing staff received The DAISY Award, an international recognition of exceptional nurses.  The 2019 DAISY Award recipient for BMC is Nancy Parkey.

“Broadlawns is proud to celebrate the extraordinary compassion and skillful care given by our nurses every day,” said Susan Kirstein, Broadlawns Chief Nursing Officer.

Ms. Parkey was recognized amongst her peers at a recent award ceremony where she was presented with a certificate, pin and a Healer’s Touch sculpture. The Healer’s Touch sculpture is serpentine stone and is hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe. The Shona people have deep respect for their traditional healers.

About the Honoree

Ms. Parkey is a Registered Nurse in BMC’s Medical Surgical Unit. A native of Carlisle, Iowa, Ms. Parkey earned her Certified Nursing Assistant certification from Des Moines Area Community College and her Associate’s Degree in Nursing from Kaplan University (acquired by Purdue University in 2017).

Ms. Parkey has been passionate about health care since entering the field at age 14. She is a legacy nurse at BMC, following in her grandmother’s footsteps. Ms. Parkey is most proud of being a mother to her 11-month-old son, Maverick.

Ms. Parkey was nominated by several patients. One patient wrote, “She gives excellent care and is willing to help at all times. She respects not only her patients, but her team as well. She is a truly excellent nurse and deserves this award.”

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 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), an autoimmune disease.

The Barnes family was awestruck by the exceptional nursing care that their son Patrick received throughout his eight week illness, and they established The DAISY Award to recognize the extraordinary clinical skills and compassionate care that nurses provide to patients every day.

The DAISY Award program at Broadlawns Medical Center is administered by the Broadlawns Nursing Professional Practice Council.

About Broadlawns

Broadlawns Medical Center is a nonprofit health care organization that ensures our community is provided quality health care that is coordinated, compassionate and cost‐effective. The Broadlawns campus includes an acute care hospital, primary and specialty care clinics, urgent care and emergency services, lab, radiology, dentistry, crisis services, inpatient, outpatient and community-based mental healthcare.  Broadlawns accepts all forms of insurance and its approach to health care and quality outcomes earned a Level 3 rating from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), the highest achievable status for a medical delivery model.

Broadlawns takes a leadership position in teaching the next generation of health care professionals through its residency and fellowship programs. In 1971, it became one of the first fully-accredited Family Medicine Residency programs in the Midwest and has curricula designed to meet all requirements of the residency review committee of the ACGME. Broadlawns offers fellowship training in foot and ankle trauma and in psychiatry for mid-level providers. In July 2018, Broadlawns and UnityPoint Health – Des Moines began jointly administering a Psychiatry Residency program. To learn more, please visit