Associate Clinical Professor
Division of Graduate Nursing
Advanced Role M.S.N. Department
Dr. McHugh is a Associate Clinical Professor at Drexel University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions. She teaches primarily online in the MSN program and serves as Coordinator of the Nursing Education and Faculty Role Track. Her current area of academic interest and research is the use of simulation as a technique to assist students and new faculty in their roles as educators. She is a member of the American Nurses Association, the National League for Nursing and Sigma Theta Tau.
Dr. McHugh has over 35 years of experience in education – as a faculty member in associate, baccalaureate, and masters nursing programs and as an administrator in both baccalaureate and masters programs. During that time, she was particularly interested in RN/BSN education and developed a research based protocol for accepting diploma and associate degree nurses into RN/BSN programs without standardized testing. Her work led to her being awarded the Pennsylvania Nurses Association award as Nurse Educator in 1993. This work has been used as the basis for articulation in several states including Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Arkansas.
From 1983 until 1995, she was an educational consultant for the American College Testing Proficiency Examination Program and advised on testing procedures for the nursing examinations. In 1992 she was awarded the Regional Nursing Education Award from Kappa Delta Chapter Sigma Theta Tau in recognition of outstanding work as a teacher, mentor and educational researcher
She has been involved with the National League for Nursing since 1982 in the following capacities: Program Evaluator, Board of Review, National Resolutions Committee, and from 1997-2001 was one of the five baccalaureate educators elected as a Commissioner of the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), the newly formed accreditation body for nursing programs. This Commission is responsible for making and implementing policy for accreditation at the national level for all types of nursing programs – Practical, Associate, Baccalaureate, and Masters.