Creighton University - Center for Health Policy & Ethics

Helen Stanton Chapple PhD, RN, MA, CT

Associate Professor, Center for Health Policy and Ethics

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

Dr. Helen Stanton Chapple
Creighton University
Center for Health Policy and Ethics
2500 California Plaza
Omaha, NE 68178
Phone: 402-280-2027
Fax: 402-280-5735


Dr. Chapple teaches ethics to senior traditional nursing students on the Creighton campus, and she teaches courses online for the Masters in Healthcare Ethics program at the Center. She is engaged in a statewide project to improve care for dying patients. Her present research interest includes interrogating the relationships between state regulations and the quality of end of life care. She advocates for dying persons as an underserved population and for the quality of their lives as a public health concern.

Dr. Chapple entered nursing school after being a hospice volunteer. Her bedside experience included oncology, research, hospice home care, cardiac and neuroscience critical care. Her retrospective research regarding how dying occurs in the America hospital resulted in her book, "No Place for Dying: Hospitals and the Ideology of Rescue," published in 2010 by Left Coast Press.

Dr. Chapple is an active member of the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC), serving as its President in 2007-2008. Currently she chairs ADEC's Body of Knowledge Committee. She is also a member of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities.

Locally Dr. Chapple facilitates a state-wide group, It's All About the Conversation, interested in improving end of life conditions through conversation. To learn more, visit