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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University August 7, 2006 | Vol. 35 No. 41
Hopkins Nursing Comes to Aid of Lebanese Students Stranded in Baltimore

By Lynn Schultz-Writsel
School of Nursing

Five visiting nursing students from the American University in Beirut have received an extended welcome from the JHU School of Nursing and the JHH Department of Nursing.

AUB master of nursing science students Sarah Abboud, Suha Ballout, Rida Gharzeddine, Grace Khatcherian and Rafika Zaatari recently completed a seven-week clinical nursing residency at Johns Hopkins and were unable to return home at the end of July as airports and ports in war-torn Lebanon were closed.

Arrangements were made to extend and cover the costs of temporary housing and living expenses for the five students, and each was offered a variety of opportunities during their prolonged stay that will enhance their clinical experiences, including attendance at graduate-level nursing courses, participation in rotations at the hospital and guidance and help on their dissertations.

Throughout the past year, deans, faculty and students from the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and the American University in Beirut have worked to lay the foundation for collaborations beneficial to both schools of nursing.

Johns Hopkins has helped develop plans for an AUB Center for Community-Based Care, including a community health assessment, and have explored mechanisms for assisting AUB faculty in conducting scientific research, an important step in the formation of doctoral programs for both medical and nursing students at the school. In addition, Johns Hopkins had anticipated sending more nursing students to AUB Medical Center and the School of Nursing for a variety of learning experiences in a continuing scholarly exchange program.

Individuals and organizations wishing to help support the AUB students during their stay in Baltimore may send contributions to the School of Nursing Development Office at 525 N. Wolfe St., room 529. Checks should be made payable to JHUSON and noted "AUB students." For more information, call 410-955-4284.


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