PEOPLE OF ISRAEL: Julie Benbenishty

ID: Today, at age 60, Julie is coordinator of Hadassah Hospital’s Trauma Unit and the founder, with Hadassah nurse Na‘ila Hayek, of the outreach organization Nurses in the Middle East.

April 27, 2018 11:08
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PEOPLE OF ISRAEL: Julie Benbenishty

Julie Benbenishty. (photo credit: Courtesy)


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How did you adjust to Israeli high school when you insisted on moving to Israel as a teen?

High school was much harder in Israel than in the United States. I don’t know what people are talking about when they complain about Israeli education. Completing the end-of-high school matriculation exams was the hardest thing I’ve ever done.

Describe your Israeli nursing career.

I was accepted at the Henrietta Szold Hadassah- Hebrew University School of Nursing in Jerusalem, and received my Bachelors in Nursing there. I then served as an army nurse in the IDF. For most of my career I worked in the Intensive Care Unit, but eight years ago I switched to Trauma. I coordinate the nursing care of trauma events, be they car accidents, falls from buildings or terror attacks.

How did you happen to start the NGO Nurses in the Middle East?


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