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Victoria Hughes, DNS, MSN, RN

Assistant Professor
Victoria Hughes
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Specialties and Expertise

  • Administration/Health Systems Mngmt
  • Leadership/Organizational Culture
  • Men's Health
  • Mental Health
  • Neurology/Neurobiology
  • Resilience/Stress Coping
  • Self Care
  • Substance Use/Addiction
  • Violence


Victoria Hughes has served 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 a decade of teaching and course development experience that includes 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., Chow, S., Flanagan, E.D. (2021). Air Force Executive Nurse Leadership Impact:  Brigadier General Diann Hale O’Connor, Air Force Nurse Corps Chief From 1982-1985.  Military Medicine.

    Turkson-Ocran, R.N., Aryitey, A.A., Erol, D., Hwang, D.A., Nkimbeng, M.J., and Hughes, V. (2020). Promoting interpersonal and intrapersonal relationships in clinical care. Journal of Christian Nursing (accepted for publication with recommended changes).

    Hughes, V., Trojanowski, M. & Priode, K. (2020). Living up to the job: Confessions of a Brigadier General on the lived experiences of becoming a leader in the Air Force Nurse Corps. Nursing Outlook, doi:

    Hughes, V., Priode, K., Wenzel, J. (2020). Trouble-making, transformation, and tradition: A transcultural review of nurse leaders’ perspectives in the Republic of Ireland. Athens Journal of Health and Medical Sciences, 7, 1-9.

    Hughes, V., Delva, S., Nkimbeng, M. Spaulding, E., Turkson-Ocran, R., Cudjoe, J., Ford, A., Rushton, C., D’Aoust, R., & Han, H. (2020). Not missing the opportunity: Strategies to promote cultural humility among future nursing faculty. Journal of Professional Nursing, 36(1), 28-33.

    Chaus, M., Tijones, R., Irimaghan, B., Defabachew, W., Lemma, M., & Hughes, V. (2019). Building sustainable international nursing collaborations, COJ Nursing and Healthcare, 5(3), 543-546. doi: 10.31031/COJNH.2019.05.000616.

    Hughes, V., Pollitt, P., Coke, L.A., & D’Aoust, R.F. (2019). Advocacy: An essential competency of the clinical nurse specialist, Issues in Advanced Practice, 30(4).

    Hughes, V. & Gray, T. (2019, Oct 1). The first female Hispanic General in the United States Air Force was a nurse: Brigadier General Carmelita Vigil Schimmenti. Nurse Leader, 17(5), 457-460.

  • Awards/Honors

    2020  Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN)

    2019  Nursing Leadership Institute Fellow, University of Maryland

    2018  Johns Hopkins Medicine Armstrong Institute Patient Safety and Quality Leadership Scholar

    2017  Leadership for Academic Nursing Program (LANP) Fellow

    2013  Legion of Merit Medal

    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