The five core values of nursing are human dignity, integrity, autonomy, altruism and social justice. Lily Harris, a senior in the five-year baccalaureate nursing program at Bouvé College of Health Sciences, takes them to heart—and she isn’t even a nurse yet.
With a 3.9 GPA, Lily is expected to graduate Summa Cum Laude. She has an impressive list of accolades including Presidential Ambassador and 2019 Huntington 100 recipient. Before coming to Boston, Lily studied at University College in Dublin as part of the NUin program. After her experience abroad, she became an NUin Ambassador, encouraging accepted students and their families to choose Northeastern.
Lily has been involved with the Northeastern University Student Nurses’ Association (NUSNA). She volunteers each year at the Boston Marathon wheelchair sweep team. In 2018, she received the NUSNA Most Involved Member Award. She’s served as vice president of alumni relations and organization president, mentoring fellow students and supporting the department. As lead ambassador for Bouvé College of Health Sciences, she trains other ambassadors, prepares events, and engages with prospective students.
In 2019, Lily organized and participated in the Global Medical Brigade’s work in Panama, where she helped distribute supplies and provided basic medical support. She joined Northeastern’s community service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega, during its first year as an official chapter. Additionally, she mentored high school students while volunteering at the Harvard MEDScience Program.
Lily’s co-op experience is equally impressive. She was a full-time patient care technician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and worked at Shriners Hospital for Children on the Inpatient Acute Burn Unit. She’s still employed at Boston Children’s Hospital on an orthopedic/general surgery unit, where she completed her second co-op.
“I believe my greatest achievement is being involved in so many different areas within the Northeastern community and engaging with a wide variety of people,” Lily says. As for the future, she says, “I have found my passion for pediatric surgical nursing. Someday I hope to pursue a career as a travel nurse.” She would also like to pursue a master’s in nursing education and become a nurse practitioner.
According to Dean Carmen Sceppa, “she is always grateful for the opportunity to serve, support and lead. We are confident Lily’s future includes her continued enthusiastic and professional representation of Northeastern and all it has to offer to our many constituents.”
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She is always grateful for the opportunity to serve, support, and lead. We are confident Lily’s future includes her continued enthusiastic and professional representation of Northeastern and all it has to offer to our many constituents.Dean Carmen Sceppa, Bouvé college of health sciences