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College of Nursing

Faculty and Staff

Kate K. Chappell, PhD, APRN, CPNP-PC

Title: Interim Department Chair, Professional Nursing Practice
Department: Professional Nursing Practice
College of Nursing
Phone: 803-777-4730
Fax: 803-777-0550

College of Nursing
University of South Carolina
1601 Greene Street, Room 506
Columbia, SC 29208-4001 
United States 



  • PhD in Nursing, University of South Carolina (2019)
  • Master’s of Science in Nursing, University of South Carolina (2006)
  • Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing Cum Laude, University of South Carolina (2003)


Undergraduate Nursing:
NURS 112 Introduction to Nursing as a Profession
NURS 312 Foundations of Nursing Practice
NURS 314 Clinical Reasoning in Nursing
NURS 412 Acute Care Nursing of Adults I
NURS 425 Nursing of Children and Families
NURS 435 Senior Nursing Capstone Practicum

Graduate Nursing:
NURS 704 Advanced Health Assessment
NURS 756 Primary Care Nursing of Children for FNPs
NURS 769/770 Nursing Field Study for Study Abroad

Research (Interest areas)

  • Child abuse prevention, intervention, and recognition
  • Caregiver vigilance for child sexual abuse
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences’ effect on families
  • Experiential learning in nursing education
  • Social determinants of health and health equity in nursing education
  • Supporting families of children with special healthcare needs
  • Pediatric development and impact on care 


Moseley, A. S. and Chappell, K. K. (2020). More vulnerable, less supported: Addressing the needs of children with Autism in prevention of ACEs. National Family Support Network 2020 Together for Families Conference. Seattle, WA. October 2020.

Davis, V. H., Creed, J., and Chappell, K. K. (2020). Faculty collaboration to incorporate experiential learning in an online BSN population health course. 3rd SC Nursing Education Simulation Alliance Conference. Greenville, SC. July 2020.

Worthy, K., Davis, V. H., and Chappell, K. K. (2019). Evaluating effects of a concept-based hybrid curriculum on students’ clinical application and NCLEX success. American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) 2019 Baccalaureate Education Conference. Orlando, FL. November 2019.

Chappell, K. K. (2019). Examining an adapted protection motivation model for caregiver vigilance for child sexual abuse with logistic regression. 26th American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) Colloquium: Promoting Trauma-Informed Practice in All Disciplines. Salt Lake City, Utah. June 2019.

Davis, V. H., Worthy, K., Murillo, C., Chappell, K. K., Ribar, A., Jenerette, C., and Andrews, J. O. (2019). Experiential learning to enhance diversity, inclusion, and equity: A college-wide initiative. Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) 2019 Council on Collegiate Education for Nursing (CCEN) Annual Conference. Atlanta, GA. Podium November 2019; webinar February 2020.

Chappell, K. K., Davis, V. H., and Biggers, L. G. (2018). Use of a tabletop exercise to teach about health equity. Xavier University Health Disparities Conference. New Orleans, LA. April 2018.

Moseley, A. S. and Chappell, K. K. (2017). Examining predictive factors for Adverse Childhood Experience occurrence in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. APSAC’s Advanced Training Summit. Portland, Maine. June 2017.

Chappell, K. K. (2015).  Child sexual abuse: The essentials for primary care nurse practitioners in prevention, reporting, and addressing in the office. American Association of Nurse Practitioners’ (AANP) 2015 National Conference. New Orleans, LA. June 2015.  

Professional Service

  • SC Nursing Education Simulation Alliance
  • National Black Nurses Association, Midlands of SC chapter
  • Association of Community Health Nurse Educators (ACHNE)
  • International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN)
  • American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) & SCPSAC
  • American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)
  • American Nurses Association (ANA), SCNA, and SCNA Nurse Educator Chapter
  • National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) & SC NAPNAP
  • Sigma International Honor Society of Nursing (STTI), Alpha Xi Chapter                      

Professional Practice

Since 2009, Dr. Chappell has served as the lead nurse/NP and planning board member for Camp Wonder Hands, a Prisma Health camp for deaf and hard-of-hearing children.

Past clinical practice has included 9 years as a medical exam provider providing evaluations and care for children suspected to be victims of maltreatment, working with child advocacy centers in South Carolina as a provider in the SCAMMRS network; Pediatric Neurology; and Pediatric Intensive Care. 

Research Studies (selected)

2020-2023 Chappell, K. K. and Davis, V. H. (Co-PIs). Supporting community care transitions for infants discharged from high-level newborn care and children with stable medical needs seeking childcare. Sub-award of primary award to SC DSS by US Department of Health and Human Services PDG-B5 Renewal Training and Program Grant.

2010-2013 Site study team member for UofSC College of Nursing the National Council State Boards of Nursing Simulation Study.

Publications (selected)

Chappell, K. K., Hein, L. C., and Andrews, J. O. (2021). Can we ask everyone? Addressing sexual abuse in primary care. Accepted by The Journal for Nurse Practitioners January 2021 (in press).

Worthy, K. and Chappell, K. K. (2019). Chapter 1: The why and how of teaching and learning conceptually: A step-by-step approach. In Manning, L. S. & Zager, L. R., Concepts made insanely easy for clinical nursing! A new approach to the Next Generation NCLEX! (2nd ed.). Duluth, GA: I CAN Publishing.

Chappell, K. K. (2018). Chapter 6: Preparing for successful simulation. In Zager, L.R., Manning, L.S., & Herman, J., The eight-step approach for student clinical success (2nd ed.). Duluth, GA: I CAN Publishing. 

McKinney, E. and Chappell, K. K. (2017). Chapter 5: Components of successful simulation. In Herman, J., Manning, L.S., & Zager, L.R., The eight-step approach to teaching clinical nursing (2nd ed.). Duluth, GA: I CAN Publishing.

Chappell, K.K. and Willis, L. (2013). The Cockcroft difference: An analysis of the impact of a nursing leadership development program. Journal of Nursing Management 21(2), p. 396-402.

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