Executive nurse leader and nurse practitioner work together

D. Michele Ellis, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor
D. Michele Ellis - Loyola’s New Orleans University Nursing Faculty Member
Career Highlights
  • 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

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. She has worked in home health care and within telemetry and surgical units, and she has extensive experience in mental health care.

As a nurse educator, Dr. Ellis works within the community, organizing nursing-book drives for an African charity and offering her research knowledge to further veteran-proposed research studies. She expands her role as an educator by maintaining membership in the Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center Nursing Research Council; American Nurses Association; Louisiana Nurses Association; Baton Rouge District Nurses Association, and the Rho Zeta chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society and electronic delegate. She was most recently a member of the Advisory Committee to the American Nurses Association Professional Issues Panel on Workplace Violence and Incivility.

Dr. Ellis also extends her professional services to the College of Nursing and Health Sciences Curriculum Committee, of which she is also a member. Additionally, Dr. Ellis currently coordinates and maintains updates to the hospital’s Orientation Moodle site; and is a mentor and preceptor for graduate students. Finally, Dr. Ellis is a current Chair on the School of Nursing Curriculum Committee; Ad Hoc committee of Curriculum Committee to revise process for managing honors students; and the Ad Hoc committee of Curriculum Committee to revise process for Quality Matters certification of online courses.

Courses Taught

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

Published Works

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