Linda Pugh: PhD, RNC, FAAN, Interim Director

Linda Pugh DNP Program Coordinator

Linda C. Pugh, PhD, RNC, FAAN is the Interim Director in the School of Nursing. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Pugh was a tenured professor and the Coordinator of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program at UNCW’s School of Nursing.  She held various positions of leadership at the York College of Pennsylvania (YCP) and at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing (JHU SON).  At YCP, Dr. Pugh was the Director of Graduate Programs and the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program.  At JHU SON, she was the Director of Professional Programs (graduate and undergraduate).  Dr. Pugh has taught all levels of nursing education (prelicensure, RN-BS, Master’s, DNP, and PhD).  In Istanbul, Turkey, she joined the Hopkins team in developing a baccalaureate program at Koç University and returned five years later to evaluate the success of that program.

Dr. Pugh has much research experience; having been the Principal Investigator (PI) and Co-PI in several NIH funded studies (the largest involved a community based team of Public Health Nurses and peer counselors).  Dr. Pugh has published over 85 publications (articles, books, and book chapters).

Recently, most of her scholarship has revolved around implementing best practices in health care.  Dr. Pugh is the co-developer of the Johns Hopkins Nursing Evidence-based Nursing Model and has led or been a team member in numerous practice initiatives that improve the quality of patient care.

Dr. Pugh has been a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing since 2003.  In 2004, she won the prestigious Nightingale Award Program for Excellence in Nursing Practice through Research in the state of Pennsylvania.  She was also awarded the Research Utilization Award at Sigma Theta Tau International in 2004.


  • 1990, PhD, Nursing, University of Maryland School of Nursing
  • 1976, MS, Nursing (Maternal Child Health, Functional Area: Clinical Specialist), University of Maryland School of Nursing
  • 1969, BSN, University of Maryland School of Nursing

Research Interests

  • Breastfeeding among low-income women
  • Unpleasant symptoms during the childbearing period
  • Translating Evidence into practice projects

Community Engagement

  • The American Academy of Nursing
  • American Nurses Association
  • Eastern Research Nursing Society
  • Board Member, WellSpan Health System in Pennsylvania

Click here to view Linda's Curriculum Vitae