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.

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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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