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South Nassau’s Nurse Recruiter Alison Gelfand Honored with Excellence Award in Mentoring By Nursing Spectrum Magazine

Alison Gelfand, a Nurse Recruiter in the Nursing Retention and Recruitment Department of South Nassau Communities Hospital, has been honored by Nursing Spectrum magazine with its Excellence Award in Mentoring. As a New York/New Jersey regional winner, she now advances to the National Competition in the fall.

In her role as a Nurse Recruiter, Ms. Gelfand is directly involved with the hiring and satisfaction of the entire nursing staff, as well as marketing nursing opportunities throughout the U.S. She maintains close ties with applicants and employees, engaging every applicant on their first visit and forming an alliance with them that continues throughout their nursing employment at South Nassau Communities Hospital and frequently throughout their career.

Ms. Gelfand works closely with each of the nursing students, mentoring them and providing emotional support. She is also the Program Coordinator for the hospital’s Student Nurse Internship Program and interviews over 250 students for the 20 available internships each summer. She is a liaison between the nursing staff and the administration and helps keep the department focused, always with the best interest of the employees and, most importantly, the patients, in mind.

A registered professional nurse, Ms. Gelfand views nursing not as a career, but rather a way of life. When not working at South Nassau Communities Hospital, she is actively involved in her community. She works on the Advisory Committee at a local community college, supporting their PREPS Program (Preparation Retention Education for Professional Success) – a program that targets minority students, supporting their successful transition from student to Registered Nurse. Ms. Gelfand is also involved with two high school workshops in her community – Motivation for Success and Interviewing Skills – as well as a program that promotes nursing as a career and helps students better understand the diversity of the nursing career spectrum.

Along with the above, Ms. Gelfand is currently working raising money for the Treasure Orphanage Project in Benin Africa- and is involved with many community service based projects such as Habitat for Humanity and the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation as well as working with the Wellness Council on an alcohol and drug free post prom party for the local high school.

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