’s Nightingale Scholars: Doing Their Best to Help Others
<p>A large percentage of Members are nurses, and because of that, we wanted to honor these nurses through our Nightingale Scholarship Fund. The Fund is named after Florence Nightingale, whose work and dedication paved the future for the nursing industry. We asked you to nominate a nurse who inspires you and tell us why you think they deserve to be a joint <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="" target="_blank">Nightingale Scholars</a>. The <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="" target="_blank">response to our scholarship post on LinkedIn was incredible</a>! We can’t thank our hero nurses enough, and it showed in the <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="" target="_blank">number of scholarship nominations</a> we received on our Facebook page.</p> <h2>Nightingale Scholars: Dr. Mohamad Husni Jrikh’s hero is Nurse Elyn Besite</h2> <p>We interviewed one of our two Nightingale Scholars, Dr. Mohamad Husni Jrikh, who nominated his nursing hero, Nurse Elyn Besite, to share the Nightingale Scholarship Fund with. This fund, worth US$1,000, can be used to help further their education, improve career prospects or help achieve professional goals.</p> <p>Dr. Mohamad Husni Jrikh is a Doctor specializing in Oncology, Hematology, and Internal Medicine. He is currently working in Dubai, with over 11 years of experience behind him. He is from Syria and served as a Hematology/Oncology resident doctor with the Aleppo University and the Medical Center of Teachers before moving abroad to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and then on to UAE.</p> <h3>Thank you for nominating your nursing hero Elyn Besite. Why did you choose Elyn as your hero?</h3> <p>I nominated Elyn because she is one of the most sincere, experienced and hard-working nurses I have ever met in my 12 years of practice. She works perfectly, even under pressure, and is not only a great support to nurses and physicians alike. In addition, Elyn has excellent communication skills with patients and their relatives! She is very motivated and is devoted to helping others, which is remarkable, I really respect that.</p> <h3>Can you also tell us something about yourself and your specialization as a Hematology and Oncology Specialist. Patients who come to you have blood cancer, is that correct?</h3> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img decoding="async" loading="lazy" width="970" height="313" src="" alt="" class="wp-image-12048" srcset=" 970w, 300w, 768w" sizes="(max-width: 970px) 100vw, 970px" /><figcaption>Dr. Jrikh in one of his speaking engagements.</figcaption></figure> <p>You are absolutely correct. One thing that I can say about my specialization is that people often have a misconception that all cancer patients are terminal, and I would like to refute that. If the diagnosis is done at an earlier stage, especially if the treatment afforded is helpful to the patient, there is a good chance of survival. I think one of the big issues is that in developing countries, many cancer patients come and get diagnosed at a late stage &#8211; and this is what contributes to this misconception. By that stage, it&#8217;s an extra cost for everyone. For the hospital, doctors and patients.</p> <h3>What would you recommend to improve that situation?</h3> <p>This issue actually needs a lot of cooperation, synergy and effort between several players in the industry. It affects education and even increased training and experience for medical students and doctors who are doing their masters or postgraduate training.&nbsp;</p> <p>When you’re talking about diagnosis, a cancer patient needs to undergo a battery of tests. Before you start the treatment, you have to do <a href="">cancer staging</a> by ordering a CT scan for the chest, the abdomen, the pelvis, and you need to repeat the tests. I do this because 0.5% of the time, I catch something that should not be there. Same with pathology and biopsies. Sometimes the pathology report can change the treatment.</p> <h3>You are from Aleppo in Syria and worked as a doctor in the middle of a battle zone. Can you tell us about your experience?</h3> <p>It was very tough. Everything was limited, especially medications, and even a patient’s access to hospitals was limited. I did my best to help others and I did my best not to waste resources.&nbsp;</p> <h3>What was your experience like when verifying documents which orginated from a place of civil unrest?</h3> <p>Regarding my verifications, providing the documents for my license was not difficult. I also had the help of many friends to locate some of the documents that were required from Damascus.</p> <h3>How long have you been practicing in the UAE?</h3> <p>I’ve been here for almost six years now, and so far, I’m enjoying it. I am athletic and I get to fully enjoy that here. I like to do aerobics, weight lifting and martial arts. You could say that with all my activities, I don’t have the time for anything else!&nbsp;</p> <h3>You are a Member, how do you find it?</h3> <p>Nurse Elyn Besite, my colleague, actually recommended to me! And I will, in turn, recommend it to all of my colleagues!</p> <h4>Want to become a Scholar just like our Nightingale Scholars? Apply for our latest scholarship:</h4> <p></p> <div class="is-layout-flex wp-block-buttons"> <div class="wp-block-button"><a class="wp-block-button__link has-text-color has-background" href="" style="border-radius:50px;background-color:#00497a;color:#f5f5f5" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Apply for a Scholarship</a></div> </div>