Gillespie has been a registered nurse since 1996 with 15 of those years working in adult and pediatric emergency care settings. His clinical positions have included staff nurse, charge nurse, manager, educator, and core trauma nurse. He currently is an Associate Professor and Deputy Director of Graduate Occupational Health Nursing at the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing. In his role as a faculty member, he has published more than 75 articles and conducted 160 presentations, most of which address issues of importance to emergency nurses (e.g., workplace violence). He also served as a consultant to the CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health developing an educational program on workplace bullying and violence. His work has been cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), U.S. Government Accountability Office, American Nurses Association, and practitioners and researchers across six continents.
In addition to previously being an instructor for ENPC and course director for TNCC, Gillespie has served ENA continuously since 2002 at the local, state, and/or national level. Most recently, he was the Immediate Past President for the Ohio ENA State Council (2017), Chair of the Academy of Emergency Nursing (2017), and Member of the ENA Position Statement Committee (2014-2015). In 2012, he chaired the National Conference for Workplace Violence in Healthcare Settings, a conference co-sponsored by the Emergency Nurses Association.
Gillespie graduated with his associate and bachelor degrees in applied science in nursing from Miami University (Ohio) followed by a master of science in nursing and doctor of philosophy from the University of Cincinnati. After recognizing the need for his research to truly translate to clinical practice, he obtained his doctor of nursing practice degree from Vanderbilt University. He is certified in emergency and pediatric emergency nursing.
Term as Director: January 2018-December 2020