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Selena A Gilles

Clinical Assistant Professor

1 212 998 5895

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

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Professional overview

Selena Ann Gilles is a clinical assistant professor at NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing. She is certified in critical care nursing and has been an adult NP for ten years, specializing in neuro and pain management. Gilles is passionate about opioid overdose prevention and the management of acute and chronic pain. She is a strong community advocate who works with organizations serving underprivileged communities in Haiti and Ghana.

Gilles is currently a member of six professional organizations/associations, including serving as president of Meyers Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society Upsilon Chapter, and programming and community service committee chair for the Greater NYC Black Nurses Association.  

Gilles holds a DNP from Monmouth University, an MS from Hunter College, and a BS from Long Island University. Her doctoral research focused on childhood obesity among African American children, with an emphasis on educational interventions for families that aim to decrease the epidemic.


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

Professional membership

American Academy of Critical Care Nurses
National Black Nurses Association
National League of Nurses
Nurse Practitioners of New York
Sigma Theta Tau

Honors and awards

Faculty Honors Awards

LEAD Program Participant, National League for Nursing (2019)
National Black Nurses Association (2019)
University Honors Program, Long Island University (2005)
Sigma Theta Tau (2005)



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.

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

Gilles, S. (2019). In , & , The DNP degree & capstone project.. DEStech Publications.

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.

Gilles, S., & Johnson, J. , III. (2019). NBNA News, 15-16.

Cultural competence and psychological empowerment among acute care nurses

Ea, E., & Gilles, S. (2018). In , & , Nursing research critique: A model for excellence. Springer.

Nurse practitioners: past, present, and future.

Cayo, S., Gilles, S., & Godwin, A. (2018). NBNA News, 50 - 52.