Celebration 2018: 100 Years of Hadassah Nurses
Hadassah Nurses & Public Health: Past, Present, Future
It’s 2018, and we’re all about health and chai (Hebrew for 18 and life)! What a perfect year to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Henrietta Szold Hadassah-Hebrew University School of Nursing, whose innovative staff and outstanding graduates make the Hadassah Medical Organization (HMO) a vital force in advancing nursing, not just in Israel but around the world.
There are so many ways you can celebrate Hadassah nurses as part of Celebration 2018, marking four major milestones – the 100th anniversary of the Nursing School, the Hadassah Medical Organization, and HMO’s Department Ophthalmology, as well as the 70th birthday of the State of Israel.
Highlights: 100 Years of Hadassah Nurses
Nurses have played an outsize role in Hadassah history. And the history of Israel. Their pioneering work and unfaltering dedication laid the groundwork for Israel’s public health system. The School of Nursing and its 2,500-plus graduates have kept the Hadassah name at the forefront of their field for a century.Hadassah Nursing 1918-2018 ›
From Dream to Innovation: Israel Milestone Mission
October 7-15, 2018
What better time to visit Israel than for a national celebration of its 70th anniversary – alongside hundreds of Hadassah members, their friends, and family. This is your chance to celebrate Hadassah's pioneering vision and HMO's accomplishments — and the impact of 100 years of the Hadassah Nursing School. For Hadassah's Israel Milestone Mission, we’re offering two options — a general track and a Nursing Track, featuring a special day with stops, meetings and events.
Take the Israel Vacation of a Lifetime ›
A Special Invitation to Israel ›
Hadassah Nurses Council
The Hadassah Nurses Council includes 3,400 nurses in Hadassah Nurses Councils throughout the United States. Working to enhance and support the profession, the Nurses Council brings nurses together for professional and personal networking – in conjunction with HMO nurses -- and provides opportunities to advocate on women’s health equity and other issues.
Join our Network of Nursing Professionals ›
Be a part of our social media celebration of Hadassah, nurses, and the Power of Women Who Heal. Take a selfie high-fiving a nurse or holding up our #Chai5aNurse sign, and help Hadassah promote pride the huge contributions made by nurses, Hadassah and Hadassah nurses.
Celebrate nurses. Celebrate Hadassah ›
Meet Hadassah nurses like these on a Hadassah trip to Israel of a lifetime, From Dream to Innovation: Israel Milestone Mission, which features both a general and a nurses track.
HIGHLIGHTS: Hadassah Nurses
From two nurses facing the overwhelming task of bringing health and hygiene to a backward population to their critical role in delivering the most advanced health care in the Middle East, Hadassah nurses have been part of the fabric of Israel for a century.
Creating Leaders in the Nursing Profession
- Our top-tier Hadassah nurses and nursing students have played a vital role in Israel in times of war and terror, and in times of peace, for a century.
- The Nursing School participates in exchange programs with universities around the world, bringing and sharing cutting-edge expertise and building collaborative efforts.
- The school’s new PhD nursing program was instituted in 2016, following on the success of the creation of an advanced clinical master’s program began in 2001.
- The baccalaureate program in nursing was established in the 1970s.
- The Nursing School added a special track for women’s health to the curriculum in 2006.
- In 1960, the School of Nursing began training African and Asian nurses as part of Israel’s aid to developing nations.
- The first class of 22 nurses graduated in 1921. They came from every walk of life. The school, and the students, were more than visionary; they were revolutionary. The School of Nursing brought American methods and organization to Israel. These students went on to distinguish themselves, as leaders of nursing education, public health management, and social work. Several went abroad.
Hadassah Brings Healing to Jerusalem
- When Hadassah founder Henrietta Szold visited Palestine, she was shocked by Jerusalem’s poverty and filthy living conditions, soaring infant mortality rate, and ignorance of the most basic hygiene.
- In 1912 she founded Hadassah with members of her Zionist study group. Less than a year later, two American nurses—Rose Kaplan and Rachel Landy—set sail for Jerusalem.
- Nurses Kaplan and Landy set up Hadassah’s first public health and welfare station in a stone house. March 23, 1913, was the first time Hadassah brought healing to Jerusalem. The welfare station initially focused on maternity and infant care. In their first year in Jerusalem, the nurses treated 5,000 children suffering from eye disease; 20% with trachoma. Simultaneously, they taught mothers – and midwives – hygiene basics.
- Hadassah established 166 welfare stations throughout the country, which were eventually transferred to the State of Israel after 1948, forming the basis for Israel’s public health system.
- Henrietta Szold worked tirelessly to persuade American physicians to go to Palestine, where medical care was scarce and desperately needed. In 1918, the American Zionist Medical Unit, a group of 45 doctors and nurses, pharmacists and dentists, traveled to Palestine and set up hospitals in Safed, Jaffa and Tiberias, and later in Tel Aviv and Haifa. They established Hadassah’s School of Nursing in Jerusalem—the first nursing school in the region.
- In 1936 the school was named the Henrietta Szold Hadassah School of Nursing.