May 24, 2018
Holy Family Hospital, My Home
Nurse Jameelah’s Story
“My name is Jameelah Abu-Eideh. When I was a little girl, I loved to sew. My family always told me I would grow up to be a tailor, and for many years I believed them. I was working in a local sewing shop when a friend invited me to join her in taking the university entrance exam for practical nursing. “Just for the fun of it,” I told myself.
The results came back: my friend failed, and I passed. For the first time in my life, I wondered if I had been wrong about my future.
Yes, I had a plan for my life, but God had a better one for me.
I decided to go to nursing school. At first, my mother disapproved; she had worked in a hospital and had seen the long, hard hours that nurses work. I promised her that I would only study in my spare time, with no real expectation of obtaining a degree. After all, I had always enjoyed working as a tailor; there was no reason to pursue a career in a brand new field.
There was only one problem: I loved everything about nursing. I couldn’t help but study hard and eventually earn my degree. When I started my first nursing job at Holy Family Hospital in 1992, I realized that it was what I was meant to be doing all along.
Today, I am the head of Holy Family Hospital’s Nursery Department and a clinical instructor for students at Bethlehem University. I love everything about my job — my colleagues, my patients, and the opportunity to see miracles happen every day.
I have spent 26 years at Holy Family Hospital. It is more than a job to me… it’s my home.”
On May 11th, 2018, Jameelah and her colleague Hanan Bannourah were honored at the United Nations headquarters in New York City as part of their annual International Nurses Day Celebration. Both nurses received their awards in absentia, as they do not have permission to travel.