The BEE Award recognizes team members outside of nursing and coincides with the DAISY Award, which honors nurses. The BEE award was created because, just as in nature, bees are loyal and hardworking. The bee cannot exist without the daisy and the daisy cannot exist without the bee.
When asked why she became a CNA, Howard said, "I became a CNA because it provided me with the opportunity to have a positive impact on the lives of a variety of people. When I was growing up, I cared for my grandmother while she was dealing with dementia and heart disease. The same medical care and attention that was given to her is the same type of care that I want to provide. I have learned so many things since becoming a CNA and plan to carry those lessons with me as I continue my career in medicine."
Howard's manager, Will Parker, said, "Erin is a stellar employee who exemplifies the culture commitments of Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist. Her fellow teammates adore her along with the patients she cares for. Erin is leaving to pursue her Physician Assistant degree and will be joining the program at our Boone campus. We could not be happier for her and we wish her the best of luck in her future endeavors."
The next BEE award winner will be announced in late fall 2023.