Keynote: Readying the Workforce for Infection Prevention and Sepsis Care in Vulnerable Populations


This course was originally presented on 4/6/2022 as part of the Sepsis Alliance Leadership Conference. 

During this keynote “fireside chat,” Selena Gilles, DNP, ANP-BC, CNEcl, FNYAM, Associate Dean of the Undergraduate Program at NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing, and Launette Woolforde, EdD, DNP, Chief Nursing Officer for Lennox Hill Hospital, Lenox Health Greenwich Village, will discuss the importance of collaboration between academia and healthcare organizations in ensuring that hospital workforce is engaged in infection prevention, sepsis recognition, and sepsis care initiatives. Dr. Gilles and Dr. Woolforde will also discuss the vital need to address social determinants, disparities, and inequities of health impacting patients, communities, students, and the healthcare workforce across the continuum of care.

Target Audience

Nurses, physicians, pharmacists, emergency responders, healthcare management teams, and other healthcare staff may benefit.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the presentation, the attendee should be able to: 

  • Describe the benefits of workforce recruitment, readiness, and retention to improve infection prevention and sepsis care;
  • Review health disparities affecting vulnerable populations and our healthcare workforce;
  • Summarize opportunities to connect with community partners to assess care needs within the community and vulnerable populations.
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Selena Gilles, DNP, ANP-BC, CNEcl, FNYAM

Associate Dean, Undergraduate Program, NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing

Selena Gilles, DNP, ANP-BC, CNEcl, FNYAM is Clinical Associate Professor and Associate Dean of the Undergraduate Program at New York University Rory Meyers College of Nursing. Dr. Gilles has a DNP from Monmouth University (2014), a MS in Adult Health Nursing from Hunter College, City University of New York, (Cum Laude, 2010) and a BS with a major in Nursing from Long Island University (with honors, 2005). Dr. Gilles is a certified Clinical Nurse Educator and is also certified in Critical Care Nursing. Dr. Gilles has been an Adult Nurse Practitioner for 12 years, specializing in Neurology and Pain Management. She is passionate about the management of acute and chronic pain, as well as opioid overdose prevention. Additionally, she is the Program Director of the Greater NYC Black Nurses Association Opioid Overdose Prevention Program. Dr. Gilles has a passion for strong community advocacy as well as global health, and is currently working with organizations aimed at serving underprivileged and underserved communities in Haiti and Ghana. She has participated in five medical missions. Dr. Gilles is currently a member of eight professional organizations/associations, including serving as Past President and current Treasurer of Meyers’ Sigma Upsilon Chapter and Programming and as Community Service Committee Chair for the Greater NYC Black Nurses Association. Dr. Gilles is currently on the Board of Trustees of CGFNS International. Dr. Gilles is an NLN LEAD Alum (2019) Penn Wharton Nurse Executive Leader Alum (2020). She has received the NBNA Under 40 Award (2019) and Nurse of the Year Award for Community Service (2020). She has also received the Leota P Brown Community Service Award from Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc. (2021) and several citations and certificates of recognition for her community work. Dr. Gilles is the recipient of the GNYCBNA Nurse of the Year for Community Service (2021) and the NYU Meyers Humanitarian Award (2021). Dr. Gilles is also a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine (2020).

Launette Woolforde, EdD, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, NPD-BC, FAAN

Chief Nursing Officer, Lennox Hill Hospital, Northwell Health

Dr. Woolforde co-authored the national Scope and Standards of Practice for Nursing Professional Development and served on the Board at the National League for Nursing and the Association for Nursing Professional Development. She was the recipient of the 2019 International Founder's Award from Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing and was named the 2019 National Certified Nurse of the Year by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Dr. Woolforde has earned numerous degrees including a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Case Western Reserve University and a Doctor of Education from Columbia University, Teachers College. She is a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine and of the esteemed American Academy of Nursing.

No continuing education credits are offered for this keynote address.

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