By Leonid Gorelik, DNP, RN, NEA-BC
Dolphins for Nurses is an annual campaign that raises funds for nurses in need. New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai is one of several groups involved in fundraising efforts. Leonid Gorelik, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, Magnet Coordinator at the hospital, helped spearhead the campaign for the third year in a row.
The majority of donations were collected during Nurses Week. A table was located outside the primary conference room in the hospital with information about Dolphins for Nurses. Announcements about the campaign were sent via email, discussed at meetings and in casual conversations. Marketing and public affairs helped spread the word as well, and there was overwhelming support from physician colleagues.
Sonja Tennaro, RN, EdD, NEA-BC, FACHE, Senior Vice President, Clinical Operations and Chief Nursing Officer supported the fundraising campaign and encouraged all to partake in the effort. “I believe that nursing recognition entails the assistance we can give to our nurses in need. We hope our fundraising assists nurses who contribute so much to others and now have a need of their own.”
Dolphins for Nurses is sponsored by Nurses House, a not-for-profit organization that offers assistance to RN’s who are struggling due to health and financial issues. Nurses House is run by nurses and funded by donations from nurses and the medical community.
“Helping others is the mission of nursing. Donating to Nurses House allows me to support my peers who have also lived this mission,” shares Courtney Peloso, BSN, RN, CMSRN, a staff nurse with the inpatient unit who was one of many nurses who donated to the cause.
Together, the staff of NYEE raised $1,850 dollars through the campaign. The Nurses House staff and Board of Directors extended their appreciation to everyone who participated and helped make the fundraiser a success!
Leonid Gorelik is the Magnet Coordinator and Interim Director of Nursing Quality, Research, and Education at New York Eye and Ear Informary of Mount Sinai. In addition to pursuing his Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) at Yale University School of Nursing, he currently holds a Master of Science degree in Nursing Administration from New York University. He is a board certified Nurse Executive accredited by the American Nursing Credentialing Center.