Ashley Dean, RN, and Teneisha Parker, RN, Receive Daisy Award For Extraordinary Nurses

(l-r) Teneisha Parker, RN, Ashley Dean, RN

(l-r) Teneisha Parker, RN, Ashley Dean, RN

Ashley Dean, RN, and Teneisha Parker, RN, recently received the Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses.

Dean was nominated by a patient’s family member. “Ashley was the nurse for my grandmother after cardiac surgery… When I arrived in the morning, my grandmother was up in the chair and told me, ‘Oh, I had the BEST nurse last night’ ".  She [said] Ashley spent extra time listening to her concerns and placed the correct size blood pressure cuff in a more comfortable position and then spent extra time removing the arterial line, using lots of alcohol pads on the tape for easy removal from her fragile skin.  Ever since being on blood thinners, grandma's skin had broken so easily and was truly delicate… These may seem like small tasks, but it is what makes such an impact and means the most to the patient.  I am so grateful to such a wonderful care team but especially for Ashley who took such great care of my family.  Thank you for all you do!”

A coworker nominated Parker for her teamwork that helped improve patient care. “Teneisha went above and beyond helping us in our unit when we only had three RNs.  She helped cover the unit while our staff dealt with an emergency, and later assisted with an emergency so our nurses could remain in the unit.  She did all this while being a charge nurse and having patients on her own unit.”

Dean is a nurse in the cardiovascular intensive care unit (CVICU) at CHI Memorial Hospital Chattanooga.  She has worked for CHI Memorial since September 2020..

Parker is a nurse in the intermediate care unit (IMCU) unit at CHI Memorial Hospital Chattanooga.  She has worked for CHI Memorial since June 2019.

CHI Memorial is pleased to partner with the DAISY Foundation to recognize the extraordinary difference nurses make in the lives of patients and co-workers. Nurses are chosen each month to receive this wonderful award that honors compassionate care.  

Honorees receive a bouquet of daisies, a certificate, a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called A Healer’s Touch - hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa - and a copy of her/his nomination letter.  The honoree's nursing unit also receives a cinnamon doughnut party, because it takes a team for a nurse to achieve his/her best.  Tasty Doughnuts generously donates the treats for this worthy cause.

To learn more about the DAISY Foundation, visit