Vice President 
System Nursing Education and Professional Development 
Northwell Health
Office of the Chief Nurse Executive


Launette Woolforde, EdD, DNP, RN-BC

Launette Woolforde has served in various roles in the clinical setting in medicine, surgery, and critical care; as well as in the academic setting as a professor at several schools of nursing. Currently, Dr. Woolforde is Vice President for Nursing Education and Professional Development at Northwell Health and Asst. Professor at the Hofstra-Northwell School of Medicine. She works alongside system leaders to move the health network toward its goal of superior patient care, quality and safety. She oversees a broad scope of strategic efforts and education programming that impacts the health networks 16,000+ nurses and countless other healthcare team members.  

Dr. Woolforde co-led Northwell Health in its journey toward successful designation from the National League for Nursing as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education in 2012, making Northwell one of only three organizations in the country to have earned this inaugural distinction for healthcare organizations. She is board certified and has served nationally with nursing organizations including the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the Association for Nursing Professional Development. She co-authored the current Scope and Standards of Practice for Nursing Professional Development. She is a member of the Board at the National League for Nursing (NLN) and the Association for Nursing Professional Development (ANPD), and a Fellow of The New York Academy of Medicine. 

Dr. Woolforde earned a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Pace University, a Masters Degree in Adult Health as a Clinical Nurse Specialist from Hunter College-CUNY, a post masters certificate in Nursing Education from the College of New Rochelle, a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Case Western Reserve University, and a Doctor of Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.