Welcome to NAANA

Welcome to NAANA! As we enter our 14th year in 2017, I’m proud to continue as President. We strive to continue to surpass expectations. We will continue to be a premier professional organization that advocates for American Arab nurses. We are looking for more ways all the time to improve nursing. There are many interesting things coming up in the new year. Stay tuned for more information.

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.


Mohamad (Moe) Rustom
President of NAANA

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 www.n-aana.org.

Meet our 2016 Angels of Mercy

Nejla Atiyeh, RN, BSN
Henry Ford Health System

Nejla has made a significant impact on patient care at Henry Ford West Bloomfield by educating her co-workers and colleagues about the cultural differences of the Arab community to deliver culturally sensitive care to Arab patients. Nejla is outstanding in difficult patient care situations. Nejla holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Oakland University and is an RN.

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Meet our 2016 Angels of Mercy

Karman Beydoun-Makki, MSN, APRN-BC
Beaumont Dearborn

Karman earned her nursing degrees in the BSN-MSN Accelerated Program at Wayne State University. For the last ten years, she has been with Beaumont Health Dearborn, currently as a Cardiovascular/Thoracic Nurse Practitioner. She serves on the Cardiothoracic Quality Improve-ment Committee.

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Meet our 2016 Angels of Mercy

Sarah Hammoud, RN
Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan

Sarah works as a primary nurse at the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan on the Physical Medi-cine and Rehabilitation Unit. She was nominated for the Nurse of the Year and Employee of the Year; both honor the hard work and dedication provided by healthcare providers. These honors are quite impressive for a young nurse and speak to her extraordinary contributions and future potential.

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Meet our 2016 Angels of Mercy

Naziha Nabha, RN, BSN
Beaumont Dearborn

Naziha holds a Bachelor of Sciences in Nursing from the University of Windsor and a Nursing Diploma from St. Clair College in Chatham, Ontario. She is studying currently for her MSN/MBA at Madonna University. She has served as Clinical Manager in the Surgical Unit at Beaumont Dearborn since 2014, managing 32 beds and 100 full-time employees. She can claim a safety score of 96 percent!

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