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Victoria Hughes, DNS, MSN, MA, RN

Assistant Professor
Victoria Hughes
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Specialties and Expertise

  • Leadership/Organizational Culture
  • Men's Health
  • Mental Health
  • Substance Use/Addiction


Vickie Hughes has serviced in various clinical, educational, and leadership positions over the past 31 years. She retired as a colonel after 27 years of service within the United States Air Force. Her mental health clinical background includes working with children, adolescents, adults, and families in inpatient, partial hospitalization, and outpatient programs. Dr. Hughes obtained the Adult Psychiatric/Mental Health CNS certification in 1996 and was recognized as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor in 1998. She earned a doctor of nursing science degree from Louisiana State University Health Science Center, a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, a master’s degree in counseling and human development from Troy State University, and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the Medical University of South Carolina. She has nine years of teaching and course development experience to include serving as a dean for an Associate Degree Health Science program. In addition, she has served in leadership positions as a director of nursing and a clinic CEO.

Additional Resources

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  • Publications/Research

    Hughes, V. (2016). "Selflessness and dedication of military nurses." American Nurse Today, 11(11), 30-31.

    Hughes, V. (2016). "Safe night shift work." Nursing Management, 47(8), 30-36.

    Hughes, V. (2016). "Leading through loss." American Nurse Today, 11(6), 2-5.

    Hughes, V. (2016). "Leading through failure." American Nurse Today, 11, (2).

    Hughes, R. V. (2015). "Leadership strategies to reduce risks for night shift workers." GSTF Journal of Nursing and Health Care, Volume 3, Number 1, 128-137.

  • Awards/Honors

    2013 Air Force Patient Centered Medical Home of the Year
    2011 Department of Defense Ambulatory Clinic Patient Safety Program of the Year
    2009 Squadron AETC CINC Special Recognition Award
    2006 AFMC Education and Training Nurse of the Year
    2000 Federal Woman of the Year, Maxwell AFB
    1991 Athlete of the Year, Eglin Air Force Base
    1990 Nurse of the Year, AFSC Regional Hospital, Eglin AFB