Angela Silvestri-Elmore

Associate Professor of Nursing
Associate Dean for Entry and Prelicensure Education
Expertise: Cultural competence in health care, Obesity management in primary care, Best practices in nursing education, Assessment and testing


Angela Silvestri-Elmore is an expert on obesity management, best practices in nursing education, and cultural competence within the health care industry. Her area of scholarship centers on preparing new graduates for their licensure exams. She has published research on health behaviors and cardiovascular disease risk in college students and young adults.

A member of the School of Nursing faculty since 2016, Silvestri-Elmore serves as director of the undergraduate nursing program and teaches courses for the pre-requisite and undergraduate nursing programs focused on topics including nutrition and human development, gerontological nursing, and nursing leadership. She is a Certified Nurse Educator who has extensive experience as a registered nurse and currently practices at the UNLV Student Recreation and Wellness Center as a board-certified family nurse practitioner.

Silvestri-Elmore is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, and a three-time recipient of the Nevada Nurses Foundation's Shining Stars of Nursing in Nevada Award.


  • Family Nurse Practitioner Certification, Advanced Practice, UNLV
  • Ph.D., Nurse Education, UNLV
  • MSN, Nursing Education, UNLV
  • BAS, Sociology, Salve Regina University
  • BSN, Nursing, Salve Regina University

Angela Silvestri-Elmore In The News

Vital Views Podcast
Nursing shortages are causing issues for hospitals across the country, including Southern Nevada, but while COVID-19 made the situation worse, shortages have existed for decades before. UNLV Nursing Professor and BSN Program Director Angela Silvestri-Elmore explains the systemic circumstances that have perpetuated past and present labor issues; and what needs to be normalized for nurses to provide a high level of care within and outside shortage-related conditions.
The Nevada Independent
Nurses in red T-shirts — some with the word “heroes” crossed out and replaced with the word “humans” — held signs and played music outside of St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center on a June afternoon as passing drivers honked in support.
K.T.N.V. T.V. ABC 13
Many health care workers are exhausted and overworked as staffing shortages remain a major issue in the valley.
U.S. News and World Report
Nursing student Acacia Herndon doesn’t graduate from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas until June, but she’s already getting a jump on her career and providing some much-needed assistance at Centennial Hills Hospital during the stressful COVID-19 pandemic.

Articles Featuring Angela Silvestri-Elmore

Remember sculptor Claes Oldenburg who created U.N.L.V.'s iconic Flashlight sculpture this month.
Campus News | August 3, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting university experts’ insights on and contributions to health, environment, and society.

Alyssa Macleod
People | July 9, 2020

Determination and a crucial letter from a Nursing faculty member allowed Alyssa Macleod to get back into the country just in time for her clinical classes.