'Howie' Harris is TidalHealth's Employee of the First Quarter

Posted 5/10/22

SALISBURY — TidalHealth has announced that Howard "Howie" Harris, RN, of the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) is a TidalHealth Peninsula Regional 1st Quarter 2022 Employee of the Quarter for …

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'Howie' Harris is TidalHealth's Employee of the First Quarter

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SALISBURY — TidalHealth has announced that Howard L. "Howie" Harris, RN, of the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) is a TidalHealth Peninsula Regional in Salisbury is the First Quarter 2022 Employee of the Quarter for Nursing Services.

Nurses decide on their careers for various reasons, but all comes down to the core decision of helping others. Howie’s nominator noted: “In my 13 years of working at TidalHealth Peninsula Regional, I have worked with many people in the healthcare team. I’ve taught, coached and worked alongside some of the best. One that sticks out is Howie Harris. Howie came to me as a nursing student, assigning me ‘homework’ on his leadership shadow day.”

Not long after, Howie became a permanent member of 3 Layfield, where he grew tremendously as a healthcare provider.

The 2012 Crisfield High School graduate who first earned a bachelor’s degree in rehabilitative services at UMES in December 2016 was the October 2021 Daisy Award honoree for Exceptional Nursing for his outstanding kindness to a patient.

“Throughout his time on 3 Layfield, Howie learned critical thinking skills, but One thing that cannot be taught is the deep sincere care he has for others. He consistently goes above and beyond for his patients to help them physically and emotionally. Despite always being busy, Howie takes the time to bring dignity to his patients,” his nominator wrote.

“Even after Howie became an RN in PACU, he still picks up extra shifts to help his old team on 3 Layfield. Yesterday on 3 Layfield, Howie had a busy group. In this busy group was a patient that he knew from a previous admission. During his shift, Howie took the time to treat her compassionately, helping her with any need. It was during this shift that she decided to change her treatment plan to comfort care. He supported the patient and her family and allowed them time to process the decision made and spend precious moments together.

“Today, the patient was minimally responsive, but was able to whisper that she wanted to see Howie. A nurse on our unit contacted Howie to let him know. He was working in PACU and said that he would visit the patient. When Howie arrived, he brought the family a Panera catering tray and a large bouquet of flowers to make sure the family was also cared for. This example is one of many that show Howie’s compassion and dedication to providing excellent patient care.”