Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi nurses traveled to support U.S. teams

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi nurses traveled to support U.S. teams

As the pandemic continues, our nursing family is united.

Recently retired Cleveland Clinic nurses have rejoined our family. Student nurses have offered their support. RNs in non-patient facing roles are helping in areas of high need during the pandemic.

Thank you to these CCAD nurses!

Khalid Abu Selmia, RN, BSN
Wafa Abu Selmia, RN, BSN, NPE-C
Daniela Chiciuc, RN, BSN
Phebe Elloin-Duku, RN, BSN
Jennifer Newman, RN, BSN, MHA
Nimeh O Mahmoud, RN, BSN, MSN
Amanda Williams, RN, BSN
Jennifer Yeckley, RN, BSN, CWCN, COCN

We witnessed this collective support across the globe, most recently when eight Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi (CCAD) nurses traveled to support our teams at Cleveland Clinic Hillcrest Hospital for six weeks. These nurses returned kindness to our U.S. caregivers, who flew to Abu Dhabi to work with teams at CCAD last summer.

“We’re part of an international community working to achieve the same goal — to provide the best patient care possible through evidence-based practice while upholding our values,” says CCAD nurse Amanda Williams, RN, BSN, who is caring for patients in Hillcrest Hospital’s Coronary Care Unit. “When you’re part of the Cleveland Clinic nursing family, you support one another so we can be the happiest and healthiest team possible.”

CCAD nurse Phebe Elloin-Duku, RN, BSN, agrees.

“Though life has been disconcerting and frightening, at times, this past year, it’s comforting to know I have fellow caregivers working day and night to overcome the challenges of the pandemic,” says Elloin-Duku, who was eager to support our Ohio teams. “It means so much to be part of a global healthcare system that is able to bring the patients first philosophy to communities in need across the world.”

CCAD nurse Jennifer Newman, RN, BSN, MHA, worked at Hillcrest Hospital before moving to Abu Dhabi in 2014. This visit provided her the opportunity to reconnect with her colleagues at Hillcrest Hospital.

“It’s been wonderful to catch up with my former colleagues in Ohio,” says Newman. “Everyone has been so welcoming; it truly feels like family. I am glad we were able to reciprocate the gesture by supporting teams in the U.S., like caregivers in the U.S. did for CCAD in the summer, including three Hillcrest Hospital nurses.”

Collaboration among nurses at Hillcrest Hospital and CCAD has provided opportunities to share knowledge and best practices and learn from one another.

“Being a Cleveland Clinic nurse means being part of one of the most diverse, talented teams,” says Nimeh O Mahmoud RN, BSN, MSN, who has worked at CCAD for four years and is caring for patients at the Hillcrest Hospital Intensive Care Unit. “We continue to have open dialogue on managing patients with COVID-19. New experiences and diverse perspectives help each of us develop. We help each other learn skills to be more resilient.”

O Mahmoud refers to this quote by Rawsi Williams, RN, that speaks to the efforts of our nurses:

“To do what nobody else will do, a way that nobody else can do, in spite of all we go through; that is to be a nurse.”

Thank you to each of you for giving so much for our patients, each other, our organization and our communities — and to our Hillcrest Hospital team for welcoming them as family.

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