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St. Joseph’s Healthcare System Nurse Honored By Girl Scouts Of Northern New Jersey

Essence Harris, RN to Receive Young Woman of Promise Award

St. Joseph’s Healthcare System (SJHS) is pleased to announce that Essence Harris, Registered Nurse, Intermediate Nursery, St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital (resident of Paterson) at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, is the recipient of the first ever Elinor J. Ferdon Young Woman of Promise award. Presented by the Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey, this honor recognizes a young woman who is making great strides in her community and is an outstanding role model for young women.


“On behalf of St. Joseph’s Healthcare System, I want to extend my enthusiastic congratulations to Essence on being selected to receive the Girl Scout’s Elinor J. Ferdon Young Woman of Promise Award. She is a true role model and an inspiration to all women,” says Maria Brennan, DNP, RN, CPHQ, Chief Nursing Officer, St. Joseph's Healthcare System, and Vice President, Patient Care Services, St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center. Essence was honored by the Nursing Department in 2012 when she was the recipient of the annual SJHS Nursing Excellence Award.

Essence has been a valued member of the St. Joseph’s family since 2004. She started her career as a Nurse Extern and later, a Nurse’s aide, before pursuing her degree in Nursing at Rutgers University (Newark Campus) School of Nursing. She graduated in 2005, having earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

Born and raised in Paterson, Essence was a member of the Girl Scouts as a child. At the age of 5, she joined a Daisy troop at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School. She was also a member of their Brownie and Junior troops. She later continued with the Cadet program provided at her church, the Second Baptist Church of Paterson. Essence was a Girl Scout for 8 years.

“I am very humbled to be the recipient of the Young Woman of Promise award,” says Essence. “I especially love the title of the award, because it symbolizes to me that there is much more out there for me to accomplish. I am honored to be leading other young ladies by example, showing them that they can also succeed at whatever it is they want to aspire to be and do,” she adds.

Essence will receive the Elinor J. Ferdon Young Woman of Promise award at the Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey’s 2014 Women of Achievement dinner on Wednesday, March 12th at the Westmount Country Club in Woodland Park, NJ.

Nationally recognized St. Joseph’s Healthcare System, sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth since 1867, is a leading not-for-profit tertiary medical center and major academic institution located in Northern New Jersey. An integrated comprehensive healthcare organization, St. Joseph’s prides itself on providing sophisticated healthcare with a ‘patients first’ approach to service excellence. To learn more, visit www.StJosephsHealth.org or call 877.757.SJHS (7547).

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