1948 Palestinian exodus into Jordan
January 2015 • By Diana Austin

In 2007, when Hamza Alduraidi came face to face with a part of his family’s past, he decided what he wanted to do with his future. At the time, he was in his final year of nursing school at the University of Jordan, doing a clinical rotation in community and primary health care in the refugee camps that dot the areas surrounding the country’s capital, Amman.

“I realized that I belonged there; this was my passion,” says Alduraidi, a second-year PhD student in UC San Francisco School of Nursing’s Department of Community Health Systems.

A Personal Connection

Alduraidi considers himself a “fourth-generation half refugee.” His grandparents were among the hundreds of thousands of Palestinians displaced by the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. Many of them flowed over the border into Jordan, including Alduraidi’s grandmother and grandfather. Only children at the time, they met in the Wihdat camp (known internationally as Amman New Camp), ultimately married there and made a life there along with their children. One of those children is Alduraidi’s mother.

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My most recent blog post – which commented on an Academic Medicine article titled “Primary Care Workforce Shortages and Career Recommendations from Practicing Clinicians” – touched a nerve with some readers. People have responded in a number of ways. Some felt that the blog was “out of touch” and “tone deaf” to the issues of concern for primary care nurse practitioners (PCNPs), in essence abandoning our shared commitment to the preparation, profession and position of nurse practitioners.

Nothing could be further from the truth! To be clear, in my earlier blog posts (e.g., “Reducing the Impact of the Doctor Shortage in a Year,” from July 2014), published articles (e.g., “Nurse Practitioners: Implementing the Affordable Care Act,” in San Francisco Medicine, April 2013) and numerous national presentations, I have consistently made the case for PCNPs being able to practice to the full extent of their education and license. The recent blog post is most definitely not a departure from that position.

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