Lillee Smith Gelinas, MSN, RN, CPPS, FAAN

Senior Fellow Nurse Executive

Lillee is an accomplished healthcare leader with extensive experience in hospitals and healthcare system operations, including national and international organizations.  A highly-respected executive and administrator, she has led the development and implementation of numerous clinical and operational initiatives, through current state assessment, goal setting, decision-making structures, process creation, and building the will for change across stakeholders.

She is a Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS), a credential which attests to professional competency in patient safety science and application.

Her expertise reflects an exemplary career spanning a range of nursing leadership and executive roles, from staff nurse to national system chief nursing officer, including military service in the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps.  Currently, she is Senior Fellow and Nurse Executive in the Institute for Patient Safety at the University of North Texas Health Science Center.

Nationally, she is a member of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Nursing Steering Committee, the National Quality Forum (NQF) Patient Safety Steering Committee and most recently assumed the co-chair role for The Joint Commission (TJC) Nursing Advisory Council. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (AAN), in recognition of significant, sustained contributions to the profession and is active with the academy’s Nursing Informatics and Technology Expert Panel.

From 2012 to 2017, she served on the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) Board of Directors, with her term ending when NPSF successfully merged with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI).

Since June 2014, Gelinas has been Editor-in-Chief of American Nurse Today, the peer-reviewed official journal of the American Nurses Association. Having served on the editorial board since its inception in 2006, she contributes editorial commentary, content and direction to advocate for nurses, advance the profession and enhance patient care.

In addition to outstanding professional credentials, she has presented hundreds of live and video presentations, across national and international audiences.  A talented and progressive leader, she is a dynamic speaker and communicator who is committed to advancing innovations in care delivery, leadership and professional practice excellence, interdisciplinary collaboration and high quality, safe care.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and a master’s degree in nursing, with honors, from the University of Pennsylvania where she also studied at the Wharton School of Business.  She is currently enrolled at Duke University, where she is pursuing her Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree in the Executive Leadership track.


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