Helen S. Chapple, PhD, RN, MSN
Helen S. Chapple, PhD, RN, MSN

Helen S. Chapple, PhD, RN, MSN

Associate Professor
Graduate School


  • Medical Anthropology
  • End of Life Care
  • State and local policies related to care of the dying
  • Organ donation and transplantation
  • Biomedical ethics
  • Nursing ethics

Academic Appointments


  • Interdisciplinary Studies


  • Associate Professor


  • MSN 2012, Creighton University
  • BSN, 2008, Creighton University
  • PhD Anthropology, 2007, University of Virginia
  • MA Clinical Ethics, 1994, University of Virginia
  • AD Nursing, 1987, Shenandoah University
  • BA Psychology, 1971, George Washington University


Certified in Thanatology

Publications and Presentations


  • Chapple, H. S. A witness to dying in America's hospitals, ADEC Forum, 36, 1-4, 2010

Research and Scholarship

Research and Scholarship Interests

  • End of life care, health facility policies,

Current Research Projects

  • Long term care policies regarding DNR; UNMC Biocontainment unit during the Ebola crisis