FNU Associate Professor and Department Chair for the Department of Family Nursing, Dr. Lisa Chappell, Ph.D., FNP-BC, CRNP, was posthumously recognized as the Fall Faculty Circle of Caring Winner. Her nomination was a testament to Dr. Chappell’s legacy at Frontier Nursing University: “In my eyes, Lisa Chappell exhibited every aspect of the culture of caring on a daily basis. She WAS the culture of caring. I think it would be very fitting to honor her with one final culture of caring award.”
Dr. Chappell passed away on November 21, 2023. Dr. Chappell’s expertise as an educator was surpassed only by her kind and caring nature. She was a dear friend to everyone at Frontier Nursing University, and we join her family and loved ones in mourning her loss.
Dr. Stone’s Tribute to Dr. Lisa Chappell:
“Today, I am reaching out to pay tribute to the memory of Lisa Chappel. Lisa was not only a dedicated nurse at her core but also a loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, and friend. Commencing her nursing career in 1974, she consistently held various nursing positions until shortly before her passing November 21, 2023. We at Frontier Nursing University were fortunate to count her as a teacher, colleague, and friend from 2009 onward.
Lisa initially joined as course faculty, but her exceptional leadership skills swiftly propelled her into the role of Course Coordinator. In 2014, she assumed the role of Associate Dean of Family Nursing, later rebranded as the Department Chair of Family Nursing. For nearly a decade, she led the Family Nurse Practitioner Program, achieving outstanding success with national board pass rates consistently approaching or reaching 100% annually.
As we reflect on Lisa’s impact on students, faculty, and staff, a recurring sentiment emerges. Many express, “Lisa was my mentor” or “Lisa imparted invaluable knowledge to me.” Others fondly recall Lisa’s unwavering support in challenging situations, with sentiments like, “I always appreciated Lisa’s calm support in the face of challenges” or “When I first started at FNU, Lisa took me under her wing and ensured I had what I needed.”
Lisa embodied the roles of teacher, mentor, collaborator, and friend for numerous individuals at Frontier Nursing University. While her absence is deeply felt, her influence will endure in the lives of those she cared for, whether as a clinician, educator, mentor, or friend, for many years to come.”
– FNU President, Dr. Susan Stone, DNSc, CNM, FACNM, FAAN
Photos and Memories
We have collected some of our favorite photos of Dr. Chappell below.