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Angel of Mercy Dinner 2016
October 20, 2016
Byblos Banquet Center
Speakers: Dr. Marilyn McFarland and Dr. Hiba Wehbe-Alamah, from University of Michigan-Flint

Welcome to NAANA! As we enter our 13th year in 2016, I’m proudest of the fact that for 12 years, there has been an organization representing the interests of the Arab American nurse. One of our grandest accomplishments was getting Arab American/Chaldean added as a category in the racial/ethnic section of the nursing survey for the State of Michigan so we can begin to track the number of Arab American nurses. Michigan remains the only state tracking this data. We now know that there are over 5,000 nurses of Arab and Chaldean descent practicing and serving in our home state of Michigan!

I would like to thank the NAANA board of directors, several of whom have been with us from the very beginning, for their continued belief in our mission and their guidance. All of these great people volunteer their time and expertise. NAANA would not exist if it were not for the commitment of these academic, corporate and community leaders.

I invite you to join our efforts to increase the number of Arab Americans in our wonderful profession, advocate for the rights and status of nurses and provide continuing education in culturally competent nursing.

News & Events


Detroit, MI, OCTOBER 7, 2016 – The National American Arab Nurses Association (NAANA) announces that Beaumont Health will be its lead sponsor at the Partner level for the 2016 Angel of Mercy Awards Banquet on Thursday, October 20. Mohammad Rustom, president of NAANA, said, “We are honored by the support the new Beaumont Health has given NAANA for our 5th year of honoring the contributions of Arab American nurses in our community. This is a major boost to NAANA because it underscores the importance of Arab American nurses in the eight-hospital system, the largest healthcare system in our state.”

Angel of Mercy Award Banquet Set for October 20, 2016; Featuring Cultural Competence SeminarThe National American Arab Nurses Association (NAANA) announces that its 2016 Angel of Mercy Awards Banquet will feature international cultural competence experts Drs. Marilyn McFarland and Hiba Wehbe-Alamah as keynote speakers. It will be held at Byblos Banquets, 7258 Chase Road in Dearborn on Thursday, October 20, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. Drs. McFarland and Wehbe-Alamah will present “Reflection in the Mirror: The Do’s and Don’ts of Transcultural Communication.”

2016 Scholarships Available. Apply Now.
NAANA is now accepting applications for 2016 Scholarships. Deadline to submit a complete application is September 30th, 2016.

2016 Angel of Mercy Nominations Open. Nominate someone today!
The National American Arab Nurses Association (NAANA) is pleased to announce that it is accepting nominations for its annual recognition, the Angel of Mercy Award, through September 30. The nominee should be involved in clinical practice, leadership, scholarship and/or education related to the Arab American community. The award is open to RNs, LPNs, APRN’s and academicians. A nomination form can be obtained by visiting

Profile of the 2015 Angels of Mercy

Dr. Shaké Ketefian,
Nurse, Scholar, Educator

Dr. Ketefian has received an international education. She completed her undergraduate nursing education at the American University of Beirut (1963), and came to the United States as an International Fellow of the American Association of University Women to pursue graduate education. She earned master’s (1968) and doctoral (1972) degrees in medical-surgical nursing and nursing education from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Dr. Ketefian has had a rich and diverse academic, scholarly and administrative career. She began full-time teaching as an assistant professor at New York University (1972), and became full professor there in 1982. Concurrent with her teaching she was Director of Continuing Education (1973-75), and Chairperson of the Department of Advanced Education in Nursing Science (1981-82) at New York University. In 1984, Dr. Ketefian assumed the position of Professor, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Director of the Doctoral Program at the University of Michigan School of Nursing. She served as Acting Dean (1991-92), and Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (1993-94). Between 1992 and 2001 she held the position of Professor and Director of Doctoral and Postdoctoral Studies; starting in 1996 she held the additional role of Director of International Affairs and the director of the WHO Collaborating Center at the same institution (since 1997).

Dr. Ketefian has been a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing since 1979. She has received various honors and awards; she is listed in Who’s Who in American Nursing, and other Registers.

Dr. Ketefian retired from the University of Michigan in 2010 and is Professor Emerita. In August 2013 she accepted the position of Interim Director and Professor, Bronson School of Nursing, Western Michigan University, and served in that role through the end of 2014.has received various honors and awards; she is listed in Who’s Who in American Nursing, and other Registers.

Profile of the 2015 Angels of Mercy

Azza Jaber,
Staff Nurse

Azza Jaber is a devoted nurse. She has been providing comprehensive care for patients, assuming various patient care positions including infection control, transplant units, cardiac care units and surgical units, in various locations nationally and internationally across the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Louisiana and currently Michigan as a registered nurse in the Beaumont-Dearborn post-surgical unit.

She holds a high diploma in General Nursing from the School of Nursing, Department of Health and Medical Services, United Arab Emirates. She is BLS and ACLS certified. Azza is a passionate advocate for Limited English Proficiency patients’ (LEPs) right to language access. Her concern about patients’ safety urged her to go the extra mile and obtain the necessary professional training to become a qualified interpreter and use her skills to help LEP patients. In 2013, she received certification as a Certified Arabic Interpreter from the University of Michigan.

Azza has received various forms of recognition, including three “Everyday Hero” awards and has received many recognition comments from patients as an extraordinary staff member with a warm disposition. As well, her coworkers have recognized her willingness to help them and her positive attitude.

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