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D. Michele Ellis

PhD, RN, Academic Accreditation Coordinator

D. Michele Ellis
D. Michele Ellis

Dr. D. Michele Ellis received her PhD in nursing with a focus on nursing education in 2013 from the University of Northern Colorado. She received her MS degree in nursing education from Southeastern Louisiana University in 2004, and began teaching shortly thereafter. Dr. Ellis has taught across all levels of nursing education. She has 20+ years of experience in telemetry, medical-surgical, psychiatric and home health nursing.

As a nurse educator, Dr. Ellis works within the community, organizing nursing-book drives for an African charity, and by maintaining membership in the Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center Nursing Research Council; American Nurses Association and the Rho Zeta chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society. Her program of research concerns all aspects of nursing education.

Recent Publications

  • Ellis, D.M. (2016). The role of nurse educators’ self-perception and beliefs in the use of learner-centered teaching in the classroom. Nurse Education in Practice, 16(1), 66-70. doi.10.2016/j.nepr.2015.08.011
  • Burke, M. & Ellis, D.M. (2016). Electronic Health Records: Exploring Technological Stressors of Nurse Educators. Nurse Educator, 41(1), 46-48. doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000196
  • Ellis, D.M., Brou, R., King, R., & Tusa, P. (2015). Psychiatric nursing simulation on a shoestring. Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 11(11), 469-471. doi:10.1016/j.ecns.2015.09.002


PhD in Nursing – Education, University of Northern Colorado; MSN, Southeastern Louisiana University; BSN, New Mexico State University; Associates in Nursing, New Mexico State University

Classes Taught

  • NURS 711 Informatics
  • NURS 716 Health Care Quality & Safety
  • NURS 970 Nurse Educator I: Philosophy, Theory and Role

Areas of Expertise

  • More than 21 years of nursing experience in psychiatric and med-surg nursing
  • More than 12 years as a nurse educator
  • Research focuses on improving student learning outcomes through innovation in teaching