Ethiopian nursing scholarships

The key to success for an underprivileged community and the Israeli health care system

Despite the heroic effort of Israel’s health workers, the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the country’s critical nursing shortage.

Israel has the lowest nurse-to population ratio of all OECD countries. It urgently needs an additional 1,000 nurses to provide effective healthcare to the people of Israel. The Hadassah Ethiopian Nursing Scholarship program creates more nurses for Israel’s hospital system and an echo-system of success for Ethiopian Israelis. Donate to support Ethiopian nursing scholarships today.

In late 2016, Hadassah USA, supported by a significant donation from the late Patricia Wahl Lapan, launched a first intake of 18 Ethiopian-Israeli students into the Henrietta Szold Hadassah Hebrew University School of Nursing.

Inspired by the success of this first intake of Ethiopian nurses, Hadassah Australia, together with the United Israel Appeal Australia, has committed to funding 20 scholarships for Ethiopian-Israeli students beginning in early 2020.

To facilitate the smooth entry of Ethiopian-Israeli students into the School of Nursing undergraduate program, Hadassah and the Hebrew University devised an alternative assessment strategy, which avoided the standard psychometric test that many immigrants found culturally challenging. The Hebrew University set new tests and Hadassah agreed to fund a pre-university preparatory year involving mentors and special courses that prepared the student candidates for the revised entry tests.

Upon graduating, the scholarship recipients go on to positively represent their ethnicity and culture in the field of nursing, giving back to society at large by working in hospitals, clinics, and community care programs across Israel.

The development is timely given that Israel is in the midst of a chronic nursing shortage.

The Hadassah Ethiopian Nursing Scholarship provides the means by which members of this community can gain access to a tertiary nursing degree and by extension, access to a steady and stable income. For many, it is the start of a virtuous cycle; one that fulfils the promise of a better life for Ethiopian-Israelis and their community.

Help us to help them by giving these Ethiopian students a hand up – not a handout – by donating generously to Hadassah’s Ethiopian Nursing Scholarship initiative.