Selena A Gilles


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Selena A Gilles

Clinical Associate Professor
Associate Dean, Undergraduate Program

1 212 998 5895

433 First Ave
Room 433
New York, NY 10010
United States

Selena A Gilles's additional information

Selena Ann Gilles joined NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing in 2014 as clinical assistant professor in the undergraduate program. Gilles has a DNP from Monmouth University (2014), an MS in adult health nursing from Hunter College, City University of New York (cum laude, 2010), and a BS with a major in nursing degree from Long Island University (with honors, 2005). She is a certified clinical nurse educator and is also certified in critical care nursing. She has been an Adult Nurse Practitioner for 10 years, specializing in neuro and pain management. Gilles is passionate about the management of acute and chronic pain, as well as opioid overdose prevention.

She is the program director of the Greater NYC Black Nurses Association Opioid Overdose Prevention Program. She has strong community advocacy and passion for global health, currently working with organizations aimed to serve the underprivileged and underserved communities in Haiti and Ghana. Gilles is currently a member of six professional organizations/associations, including serving as president of Meyers’ Sigma Upsilon Chapter, Sigma’s Global Region 14 Coordinator, and programming and community service committee chair for the Greater NYC Black Nurses Association. Gilles is an NLN LEAD alum (2019), and has received the NBNA Under 40 Award (2019) and Nurse of the Year Award for Community Service (2020). Gilles was also inducted as a fellow in the NY Academy of Medicine.


DNP - Monmouth University (2014)
MS - Hunter College, City University of New York (2010)
BS - Long Island University (2005)

Primary care
Adult health
Acute care
Palliative care
Community/population health

CGFNS International, Inc
New York Nursing Alliance
Sepsis Alliance
National Black Nurses Association, Greater NYC Chapter (GNYCBNA)
Nursing Honor Society Sigma Theta Tau, Upsilon Chapter; Omega Nu Chapter; Alpha Phi Chapter
National League of Nurses
American Academy of Colleges of Nursing
American Nurses Association, New York
American Academy of Critical Care Nurses
American Association of Nurse Practitioners
New York Society of Interventional Pain Physicians
New York Academy of Medicine

Faculty Honors Awards

Leota P Brown Community Service Award; Chi Eta Phi, Inc Theta Chi Chapter (2021)
JV Haring Humanitarian Award - NYU Rory Meyers (2021)
Citation of Honor, Borough President D. Richards (2021)
Certificate of Special Recognition, Rep Yvette Clarke (2021)
City Council Citation, Council Member A. Adamas and Council Member S. Brooks-Powers (2021)
Forrest NYS Assembly Citation, Assembly Member Phara Souffrant (2021)
Congressional Achievement Award, Congressman G. Meeks (2021)
Nurse of the Year: Community Service, Greater NYC Black Nurses Association (2021)
Nurse of the Year: Community Service, National Black Nurses Association (2020)
Woman of the Month, Omega Psi Phi Epsilon Chapter (2020)
Fellow, New York Academy of Medicine (2020)
Nursing Leaders Program, Wharton (2020)
LEAD Program: National League for Nursing (2019)
40 Under 40: National Black Nurses Association (2019)
Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society (2010)
Inductee, Nursing Honor Society: Long Island University School of Nursing (2005)


The value of including reproductive justice into nursing curricula

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The impact of african american nurses: How the implementation of a community-based model increased vaccination rates in marginalized communities in NYC.

Brown-DeVeaux, D., Richards, B., Johnson, J. , III, & Gilles, S. (2022). Journal of National Black Nurses’ Association : JNBNA, 23-27.

Opioid Overdose Harm Prevention: The Role of the Nurse in Patient Education

Gilles, S. (2022). Nursing Clinics of North America, 57(3), 477-488. 10.1016/j.cnur.2022.04.013
Opioid overdose continues to affect thousands each year in the United States, with nearly 850,000 lives lost within the last 20 years. It will take a comprehensive and coordinated approach from all members of the health care team and health care institutions, in addition to governmental officials, public safety, and community organizations to mitigate this crisis. Nurses can be instrumental in educating patients, families, and community members about ways to combat this epidemic, instrumental in advocating for their patients, advocating for reform, as well as continuing to bring awareness to this health crisis and provoke dialogue about ongoing solutions to end it.

A clinical exemplar: Assessment of knowledge regarding obesity preventative methods among african american children ages 9 to 11.

Gilles, S. (2020). In M. Bemker & T. Ralyea (Eds.), The DNP degree & capstone project.. DEStech Publications.

Compassionate Care of the Patient Who Uses Substances: Implications for the Infusion Nurse

Knapp, M., & Gilles, S. (2020). Journal of Infusion Nursing, 43(2), 70-77. 10.1097/NAN.0000000000000359
Given the high rate of infection secondary to substance use, infusion nurses have a unique opportunity to compassionately engage individuals with substance use problems. Compassion is an essential ingredient of nursing practice, yet compassionate care of the individual who uses substances may seem difficult to navigate. This article provides the infusion nurse with the essential principles of compassionate care of the patient who uses substances. A fundamental understanding of how to work with patients who use substances may enhance the infusion nurse's practice.

Integrating NCLEX and practice readiness in an undergraduate leadership course.

Gilles, S., Godwin, A., & Cayo, S. (2019). In Innovative Strategies in Teaching Nursing. Springer.

Pain in the older adult: affects on patient outcomes and the nurses’ responsibility to treat.

Gilles, S. (2019). Geriatric Nursing, 40(2019), 113-114.
Pain is one of the most widely cited symptoms underlying disability among older adults in the United States. It significantly impacts quality of life of older adults and, in addition, can interfere with sleep, lead to social isolation, depression, and inactivity. Nurses are instrumental in improving the care of older adults with pain and must be equipped with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to treat them. Nurses not only ensure that basic comforts needs are being met, but by play an import role in pain assessment, ensuring adequate pain relief measures, and advocating for those in pain.

Saving ourselves: Combatting the opioid overdose epidemic in african American communities.

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Cultural competence and psychological empowerment among acute care nurses

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Nurse practitioners: past, present, and future.

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