Jeannie Tomaselli was a beloved nurse in the Long Island New York area. Throughout her nursing career, she practiced in hospitals and schools, but spent most of her professional years as a home care nurse, giving her the unique opportunity to regularly visit with her patients’ families. Connecting with patients and their loved ones, and giving them the tools to strengthen their own connection in times of need was the part of nursing she valued the most.
Jeannie passed away in the Spring of 2016. In the last months of her life, she used FaceTime on her iPad to stay connected with loved ones while immunocompromised. If Jeannie were alive today, we have no doubt that she’d be first to help patients stay connected with their loved ones.
Photo pictured is of Jeannie Tomaselli and her family.
Registered New York Nurse (RN) at Northwell Health, New York's largest healthcare provider
Jeannie's daughter, Laura (left) and Jeannie (right) Tomaselli
Organizer for Jeannie's Fund
Liz, Laura and Zina met in the 7th grade and all graduated from Kellenberg Memorial High School in Uniondale, New York. Laura and Zina felt helpless during this COVID-19 situation so they asked Liz, a nurse on the front lines of the crisis, how to help! Liz suggested to Laura and Zina that patients were desperate to see their family members. That's when we decided to get off the couch and create Jeannie's Fund - in honor of Laura's late beloved nurse mother, Jeannie.