Five nurses from the Gaza Strip and 11 from the West Bank were in Israel this week for four days of medical training, conducted by Israeli physicians through a collaboration between Physicians for Human Rights Israel (PHR) and the Medical Simulation Center (MSR) at Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer.
“I could not imagine how this country would be or how it works,” Akram Abu Salah, a nurse from the Gaza Strip told The Jerusalem Post in his heavily-accented English. “It’s different than I thought. The people are very nice. You have Jews and Palestinians working together. It minimizes the gaps between us.”
Although collaboration between MSR and PHR began close to a decade ago, this is the first time that training has been provided to nurses. In the past, physicians and ambulance drivers have been trained.
Participants learned new practices in the field of primary medicine, with a focus on the skills these nurses might need in emergency situations. For example, they learned best and innovative practices for stopping bleeding, intubation and chest drains. There was also one day focused on advanced cardiovascular life support.