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Michele M. Pelter, RN, Ph.D.
Associate Professor


Contact Information

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  • Phone: (775) 682-7161
  • Office: Pennington Health Sciences Building 314
  • Mail Stop: 0134


  • AND, Truckee Meadows Community College
  • BSN, University of Nevada, Reno, Orvis School of Nursing
  • MS, University of California San Francisco
  • Ph.D., Cardiovascular Specialty, University of California San Francisco

Dissertation Topic

In my dissertation I assessed the frequency and consequences of transient myocardial ischemia using the 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) in patients admitted to a telemetry unit for Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS).

Research Interests

My research interests are in improving detection of acute myocardial ischemia among hospitalized patients with ACS by using the 12-lead ECG. Additionally, I have been involved in randomized clinical trials assessing whether nursing educational interventions can improve patient’s ability to recognize symptoms of ACS or worsening heart failure.


To improve care provided to patients with cardiovascular disease through clinical research, and generate interest in nursing research among nursing students at both the undergraduate and graduate level of nursing education.


All of my free time is spent with my husband and two sons.


Teaches clinical at the undergraduate level in the acute care setting; and research/theory at the graduate level.


  • Pelter, M.M., Adams, M.G., Drew, B.J. (2002) Association of Transient Myocardial Ischemia with Adverse Outcomes for Angina Patients Treated in a Telemetry Unit or a Coronary Care Unit. American Journal of Critical Care, 11(4), 318-325.
  • Pelter, MM, Adams, MG, Drew, DJ. (2003) Transient myocardial ischemia is an independent predictor of adverse in-hospital outcomes in patients with acute coronary syndromes treated in the telemetry unit. Heart & Lung, 32(2), 71-78
  • Aitken, LM, Pelter, MM, Carlson, B, Marshall, AP, Cross, R, Dracup, K. (2008). Effective strategies for implementing a multicenter international clinical trial. Journal of Nursing Scholarship; 40(2) 101-108.
  • Dracup, K, McKinley, S, Doering, LV, Riegel, B, Moser, D, Pelter, MM, Carlson, B, Aitken, L, Marshall, A, Cross, R, Paul, SM. (2008) Acute coronary syndrome: what do patients know? Archives of Internal Medicine; 168(10), 1049-1054.

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