Leslie Kuhnel

Leslie Kuhnel
Leslie Kuhnel
MSHCE, MP

Adjunct Faculty

Contact Information:

  • Phone: (402) 301-6999

Education
BA, University of Nebraska - Lincoln (Psychology, Art History/English)
MPA, University of Nebraska - Omaha
MSHCE, Creighton University

General Background
Leslie Kuhnel has been with the Nebraska Methodist College since 2009, teaching the Ethical Leadership and Conflict Management course, in the former Medical Group Administration graduate program and the Applied Business Ethics course in the Healthcare Administration undergraduate program.  She has been involved in healthcare ethics since 2004, serving as the Ethics Center Director/Ethics Officer for an integrated healthcare system since 2005.  She has a particular interest in healthcare ethics across the continuum of care, ethics and vulnerable populations, care at the end of life, and patient rights. 

Notable Publications/Presentations
B. Evans, L. Kuhnel, D. McNitt & S. Myers. (2008).  Uncovering beliefs and barriers related to advance directives. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care, 25(5), pp.3 47-353.

September 2013.  "Clinical Ethics in the Long-term Care Setting." Nebraska Association of Nursing  Homes & Assisted Livings:  Omaha, NE.

September 2013.  "Organizational Ethics in the Long-term Care Setting."  Nebraska Association of Nursing Homes & Assisted Livings:  Omaha, NE.

September 2013.  "Ethics, Advance Directives and Other Challenging Cases."  Nebraska Paralegal Association:  Omaha, NE.

September 2013.  "Ethical Dilemmas & the Treatment of ESRD in the Undocumented Immigrant Population."  The Joint Council Workshop/Nebraska Kidney Foundation:  Omaha, NE.

April 2012.  "Step Back and Breath:  Ethical Considerations in the Hospice Setting."  Nebraska Hospice and Palliative Care Association Conference:  Lincoln, NE.

May 2010.  "Psychiatric Advance Directives Development Initiative - Respecting Patient Autonomy and Encouraging Shared-Decision-Making in the Mental Health Care Arena (Poster Session)".  6th International Conference on Clinical Ethics Consultation:  Portland, OR.

Professional Service/Recognition/Charitable Boards

  • Member of the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities. 
  • Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit Honor Society
  • Phi Alpha Alpha Honor Society
  • Phi Beta Kappa Honorary
  • Insuring Tomorrow Outstanding Leader Award
  • Mortar Board Honor Society Member
  • Psi Chi Psychology Honor Society Member
  • Golden Key Honor Society