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Linda Pugh, PhD, RNC, FAAN

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PughMember, WellSpan Health Board of Directors 

Retired, Professor, University of North Carolina Wilmington's School of Nursing

Linda C. Pugh, PhD, RNC, FAAN, is a retired Professor of Nursing, most recently at the University of North Carolina Wilmington's School of Nursing. She has also taught and led nursing programs at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and at York College of Pennsylvania. She currently lives in York, PA and is a member of the WellSpan Health Board of Directors.

As a certified obstetric nurse, Linda provided direct care for childbearing women for over 25 years. Recently, most of her scholarship has revolved around implementing best practices in health care. She has much research experience. She has been the Principal Investigator (PI) and Co-PI in several NIH funded studies; the largest involving a community-based team of Public Health Nurses and peer counselors. This study, conducted over a four-year period, tested an intervention to increase duration and exclusivity of breastfeeding among low-income women.

As one of the developers of the Johns Hopkins Nursing Evidenced-based Practice models, Linda has worked with nurses across this nation on its implementation. Also, she has had the pleasure of developing and revising the Theory of Unpleasant Symptoms that has been used by researchers in the United States and abroad. Linda has published and presented her work internationally and nationally.