LAU Alice Ramez Chagoury School of Nursing

Alumni Win Nursing Day Awards

Three ARCSON alumni were recognized at the annual International Nursing Day Celebration at Lebanese American University Medical Center – Risk Hospital (LAUMC), Beirut, in early May, 2016.  LAUMC nurses nominated themselves for a number of awards by submitting a portfolio that addressed the award criteria as well as showed how they fulfill the Nursing Department’s values of commitment, advocacy, respect, integrity, nurturing, being genuine, and caring.  An interdisciplinary committee reviewed all portfolios and selected the award recipients. 

Jamila Al Annan, BSN, RN, class of 2014, was selected to receive the “Growing Award,” which recognizes a nurse who shows the following characteristics: lifelong learner, shares knowledge with colleagues, involvement in unit-level quality improvement and committee work, and effective communication. Ms. Al Annan has worked in the hospitals’ intensive care unit since July 2014.

Zahra Abdallah, BSN, RN, class of 2014, received the “Big Heart Award,” which goes to a nurse who makes concentrated efforts to serve the needs of all hospital clients—patients, family members, staff, trainees, students, volunteers, and visitors, through a service attitude, ability to adapt to changing work demands, supporting colleagues, and helping patients cope with their illness. Ms. Abdallah has worked on the orthopedic unit, 5th floor, since July 2014.

A third alumni, Ahmad Theibich, BSN, RN, class of 2013, was nominated for the “DAISY Award.” The DAISY Award is an international nursing recognition program established by the DAISY Foundation ( to celebrate the extraordinary compassion nurses provide their patients and families every day.  Hospitals from throughout the United States and 15 other countries select outstanding nurses from their own institution and submit their portfolios to the DAISY Foundation, where they are then eligible for international recognition. Mr. Theibich has worked on the orthopedic unit, 5th floor, at LAUMC since November 2013.

Congratulations to Ms. Al Annan, Ms. Abdallah, and Mr. Theibich!