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Brurya Orkaby, head of the children's division of the Jerusalem College of Technology’s (JCT) top-ranked Selma Jelinek School of Nursing, received a certificate of excellence in honor of International Nurses Day in May at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem.

May 2023

Orkaby was recognized for her exemplary work in the field of clinical and academic nursing education, and her role as a dialysis nurse at the Children’s Nephrology Institute at Shaare Zedek Medical Center. Fifteen years ago, she helped establish JCT’s
nursing department. Today, 14% of the college’s students study nursing, and the department has become one of the largest nursing programs in the country. Orkaby has also developed and implemented nursingcourses integrating Halacha (Jewish law) and nursing. Additionally, Orkaby teaches courses in pediatric nephrology in hospitals across Israel.

“Brurya is a marvelous woman who is dedicated to training the future nurses of Israel, not to mention her tireless work as a nurse in the field of pediatric dialysis at Shaare Zedek,” said Dr. Ahuva Spitz, head of JCT’s Selma Jelinek School Department of Nursing. “We’re grateful and proud that she was recognized for her critical work, particularly on a day when nurses are appreciated around the world.” 


In another special event organised by MK Tatiana Mizarski, and in the presecnce of Minister of Health Moshe Arbel,  Dr. Spitz, was invited to  addressing the Knesset, "Health unites us all. And being healthy is something every citizen in the country - regardless of their background - aspires to. As such, every patient longs for a listening ear, professionalism and respect. It is the nurses who provide them with that."


"Nurses have a unique personality where they get satisfaction from giving. Giving without hesitation, of course, is a major aspect of religious teachings. As a result, our students and graduates reflect the best of both the religious and medicinal worlds," she said. 

JCT’s Selma Jelinek School of Nursing serves more than 1,000 students annually. It is widely recognized as the country’s premier undergraduate nursing program, having received the Health Ministry’s National Prize for Excellence and ranking first among 24 nursing departments nationwide. Moreover, the Selma Jelinek School of Nursing is pioneering graduate-level academic offerings by enabling students to obtain a Master’s in Nursing Science degree while simultaneously completing coursework qualifying them to become licensed nurse practitioners in the fields of geriatrics or palliative care.

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