Professional Bio


  • DNP, Advanced Leadership in Healthcare, Regis University, 2016
  • MSN, Nursing Education, University of Northern Colorado, 2011
  • BSN, Nursing, University of Northern Colorado, 2004

A Jesuit Education is important to me because I believe that service of others is paramount to the success of humanity. I appreciate a creative and customized teaching approach. I believe that each adult learner brings their own frames and experiences to the table that should be openly discussed and reflected upon to reveal teaching and learning opportunities. My goals of teaching are to bring these frames to the surface so that genuine inquiry and learning can take place through a variety of methods. I learn as much from adult learners as I am able to teach them.

One of the ways in which I expose frames of learners is through an advocacy-inquiry method I learned at Harvard University in a comprehensive Simulation Instructor Workshop. The method is used for debriefing with “good judgement” as opposed to “judgmental” or “nonjudgmental” communications. I have found that the approach is a powerful communication tool that is effective with a variety of teaching strategies and in a variety of settings. The premise of the advocacy-inquiry communication structure is to be honest about what you see and think about the behaviors or comments of the students. The second part of the structure is to be curious about why the learner has this frame. Through careful listening and thinking, I am able to create teaching goals and learning opportunities.

Clinical Certifications and Expertise

Clinical Certifications
  • Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse (CRRN)
  • Medical, Surgical, Rehabilitation, Neuroscience, Spinal Cord Injury, Traumatic Brain Injury Nursing, Healthcare Simulation

Professional Memberships

  • American Nurses Association (ANA)
  • International Nurses Association for Clinical Simulated Learning (INACSL)

Research and Scholarship

Research Interests
  • Simulation
  • Nurse Perceptions of Resuscitation
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Traumatic Brain Injury

Recent Publications

Shelton-Chappell, L. (2016). An Exploration of Nurses’ Perceptions of Resuscitation of Spinal Cord and Traumatic Brain Injured Patients. All Regis University Theses. Paper 730

Recent Presentations

Chappell, L., Reinhard, D. Leadership/Transforming Nurse Leaders at the Bedside. Transitional Leaders Conference, Honolulu, HI. June, 2014.

Rife, J., Chappell, L., Peer Review Action Plans. Turning Minus Signs into Pluses. ANCC National Magnet Conference, Los Angeles, CA. October 7, 2012.

Reinhard, D., Chappell, L., Davis, C. Magnet Prize Acceptance Presentation. Craig Hospital Nurse Advice Line. General Session. ANCC National Magnet Conference. Los Angeles, CA. October 6, 2012.

Awards and Recognition

  • The Doctor of Nursing Practice Excellence Award- Advanced Leadership in Healthcare- Regis University, 2016


  • The Magnet Prize, Cerner Corporation and The American Nurse’s Credentialing Center (ANCC), Craig Hospital Specialty Nurse Advice Line- $20,000, 2012


  • Magnet Recognition for Craig Hospital as Magnet Program Coordinator, March, 2015 (four year designation)

Community Involvement and Service

Service to Community
  • Craig Hospital MINI Cooper Toy Drive - 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016