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College of Nursing

Faculty and Staff

Katherine K. Chappell, MSN, APRN, PNP-BC

Clinical Assistant Professor
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 



  • Master’s of Science in Nursing (Pediatric Primary Care), University of South Carolina (2006)
  • Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing Cum Laude, University of South Carolina (2003)


Undergraduate Nursing:

Nurs 425   Nursing of Children and Families (course coordination, clinical, and didactic)
Nurs 412   Acute Care Nursing of Adults I (course coordination and didactic)
Nurs 314   Clinical Reasoning in Nursing (didactic)
Nurs 312   Foundations of Nursing Practice (clinical)

Graduate Nursing:

Nurs 706   Primary Care Nursing of Children (coordination and didactic)
Nurs 710   Advanced Primary Care Nursing of Children (coordination and didactic)

Research (Interest areas)

  • Child abuse prevention, intervention, and recognition
  • Children's social ecology
  • Simulation in Education
  • Evaluation in education and clinical
  • Leadership development and effectiveness
  • Forensic medical evaluation and multi-disciplinary team role
  • Pediatric development and impact on care

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


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

Chappell, K. K. and Desjardins, S. R. (2015). Don't forget the parents!  Strategies to facilitate working with caregivers for the best interest of the child. 2015 Sara Schuh Child Abuse Conference. Mount Pleasant, SC. April 2015.

Chappell, K. K. (2015). Increasing participation of male parents and caregivers in research on child sexual abuse: A critique of sampling methodologies. 29th Annual Southern Nursing Research Society Conference. Tampa, FL. February 2015.  (Also presented at USC College of Nursing 14th Annual Research and Scholarship Day, Columbia, SC, April 2015.)

Chappell, K. K. (2014). Use of simulation scenarios for individual clinical evaluation and feedback with advanced practice nursing students:  A look at logistics, challenges, and outcomes. Drexel University Nursing Education Institute 2014. Myrtle Beach, SC. June 2014.

Chappell, K. (2012). Medical surgical forum. Deans and Directors Workshop: Incorporating QSEN Competencies into Curriculum. Columbia, SC. March 2012. 

Zager, L. & Chappell, K. (2012). Mastering clinical teaching.  USC College of Nursing Spring Faculty Workshop. January 2012. 

Chappell, K. (2008-2012). Teaching clinical reasoning: The key principles and how to teach and reinforce them.  Presented multiple times 2008-2012 as part of the DEU Instructor orientation for Providence Hospital and Palmetto Health, Columbia, SC. 

Zager, L. & Chappell, K.  (2011). Are your students ready for healthcare today?  Parts I and II. South Carolina Nurses Association Biennial State Convention. Columbia, SC. September 2011.  

Proctor-Williams, A., Glenn, K., and Chappell, K. (2011). Collaboration and innovation: Keys to providing BSN education in rural areas. Mary Ann Parsons Lectureship, Columbia, SC. February 2011.  

Chappell, K. (2009). Cockcroft Fellows. Leadership: Experience the Cockcroft difference.  Nursing Summit, Columbia, SC. March 2009.                        

Chappell, K. (2009). Improving students’ clinical decision-making using scenario-based wikis.  Mary Ann Parsons Lectureship, Columbia, SC. February 2009.              

Chappell, K. (2008). “Mommy, my tummy hurts”: Stomach pain in the pediatric patient.  SCNA APRN 15th Annual Fall Pharmacology in Advanced Practice Conference.  Myrtle Beach, SC. October 2008.  

Chappell, K. (2007). Acute seizure recognition and management in children. Palmetto Health Pediatric Transport Conference. Columbia, SC. September 2007.  

Professional Service

  • SC Chapter of National Association of Pediatric Nurses and Practitioners (NAPNAP) active board member since 2005
  • SC Chapter of American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) active board member since 2013
  • American Nurses Association (ANA) member and active chapter participant in SC Nurses Association (SCNA) since 2006
  • Professional consultant for Student Nurses Association of South Carolina (SNA-SC) 2011-present
  • Alpha Xi chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, International Nursing Honor Society member since 2002                                               

Professional Practice

Currently, Professor Chappell is the medical exam provider for the Child Advocacy Center of Aiken, providing evaluations and care for children suspected to be victims of abuse.  This practice also includes participation in the SCAMMRS network of child abuse providers in South Carolina.

Professor Chappell also serves as the head of nursing/first aid staff and planning board member for Camp Wonder Hands, a Palmetto Health camp for deaf and hard-of-hearing children. 

Past clinical practice has included Pediatric Neurology and Pediatric Intensive Care. 

Publications (selected)

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.

Chappell, K. and Willis, L. (2012). The Cockcroft difference:  An analysis of the impact of a nursing leadership development program. Journal of Nursing Management (in press).