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Emeritus Faculty: Lynn Nugent


A.A., Phoenix College

B.S.N., University of Arizona

M.S., University of Arizona

Ph.D., University of Arizona

At A Glance

Started 1979
Classes Taught All levels of Nursing Classes
Department Nursing
Retired 2003


Nugent, Lynn L. B. Factors Influencing Implementation of Innovations in Clinical Nursing Education. Diss. University of Arizona, 1992. Internet resource.

Yavapai College Career

Dr. Lynn Nugent started her career as a faculty member in the Nursing Division in 1979 and advanced to Division Chair/Division Assistant Dean in 1993.  She taught at all levels in the nursing program and served as coordinator of both the first and second year teaching teams. While serving as the Division Assistant Dean, Lynn continued to carry a teaching load. She provided leadership in curriculum development and obtaining National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) reaccreditation of the Yavapai College nursing program in 1989 and 1997.  

In 1985, Lynn developed and implemented the clinical preceptorship experience, which most nursing students report is the most valuable clinical experience in the program. Yavapai College was the first community college in Arizona to have this capstone experience, which served as the model for several other Arizona nursing programs. 

Under Lynn’s leadership, the nursing program implemented revisions in admission and grading standards that resulted in a 98% pass rate on the RN licensing exam for the 2002 graduates, which was the highest pass rate for any nursing program in Arizona.  

Lynn also provided mentoring for full-time and adjunct faculty, which assured high quality instruction in all nursing courses.  She maintained effective working relationships with the clinical agencies used by the nursing program. In 2002, Lynn was able to obtain funding for an additional faculty member from Yavapai Regional Medical Center, which allowed the program to increase admissions by ten students on the Prescott Campus. Lynn also explored funding possibilities with Verde Valley Medical Center, which funded a nursing position in Fall 2003. The additional faculty members permitted for increased enrollment, which was in response to the acute local and statewide nursing shortage. 

Lynn received her PhD in Higher Education Administration from the University of Arizona in 1992. She was a mentor and role model to all new faculty.  After her retirement, she continued to work part-time for several years providing skills lab instruction for nursing students. 

Committee Work and other activities:

  • Instructional Council 
  • Professional Growth Committee 
  • Faculty Affairs Committee
  • Institutional Effectiveness Committee
  • Several search committees
  • Ad Hoc committees and task forces
  • Committees for both NCA and NLNAC 
  • From 1979 to 1992, faculty advisor for the Student Nurse Association, mentoring student leaders and encouraging service and fundraising projects

Represented Yavapai College for many years as an active member of:

  • The Arizona Practical and Associate Council of Nurse Educators (PACNE)
  • Nursing Articulation Task Force 
  • Yavapai County Health Department Home Health Professional Advisory Board
  • Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association (AzHHA) projects
  • Arizona State Board of Nursing educator meetings
  • Healing Community, and many ad hoc task forces
  • Board member of the Northern Arizona Health Education Center (NAHEC)
  • Served on the Southwest Health Education Center
  • Prescott High School Local Evaluation Team
  • Committees at Yavapai Regional Medical Center and Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center

Dr. Nugent retired in June, 2003.  She was recognized for her many contributions to the College and given Emeritus Faculty status in December, 2006.

Oral History Interview

Additional Photos

Former YC Nursing Program Directors at 1996 Nursing Reunion: Barbara Kitchens, Ruth Westerinin, Dorothy Carothers, Dr. Barbara McClurg, Dr. Lynn Nugent.  Photo courtesy of Dr. Lynn Nugent.

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