Shelby Cooper, BSN, RN, CEN, Receives Daisy Award For Extraordinary Nurses



Shelby Cooper, BSN, RN, CEN, at CHI Memorial, recently received the Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses.

A patient’s family member nominated Cooper for being present and showing compassion during a difficult time. “I want to take a few minutes during a chaotic time for us to give you some positive feedback about a [CHI] Memorial ER nurse who went above and beyond for me… When I finally arrived at the ER after 2 days of driving, Shelby was sent to the waiting area to assist me.  She made herself available, listened to me respectfully, and most importantly, took action on my sister’s behalf… Shelby should be recognized for her professionalism, empathy, and effort…”

Cooper is a nurse in the emergency room at CHI Memorial Hospital Chattanooga.  She has worked at CHI Memorial since March 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.  

At a presentation attended by the nurse’s colleagues, physicians, patients, leaders and visitors, the honoree receives a certificate commending which reads, "In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many people." The honoree is also given a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa, a daisy bouquet, and a copy of her/his nomination letter. The honoree's nursing unit 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