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Ms. Monica Hughes, Clinical Assistant Professor

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Monica Hughes, MSN, RN, NE-BC, CNE

Monica Hughes received her BSN from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD and her MSN in Nursing Education from the University of Texas at El Paso, as well as a graduate certificate in Nursing Systems Management. She is ANCC board certified as a Nurse Executive. Monica has worked in many facets of public health and nursing leadership over a 24-year nursing career, most recently as the Director of Education for a faith and health nonprofit, and as the Director of Public Health Nursing for the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). Monica’s practice focus began in obstetrics and newborn nursing, and since that time, she has worked in family and community health services in conjunction with governmental and non-governmental agencies, faith-based entities, home maternal-child health services, and as a consultant and educator. Ms. Hughes is a member of the Association of Public Health Nurses and the Texas Public Health Association, as well as the American Nurses Association, the Texas Nurses Association, and the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. Ms. Hughes received the Johnson and Johnson Promise of Nursing’s Future Texas Regional Faculty Fellowship in 2016, and is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Public Health Nurse Leader.

  • Faith entities as partners in community health
  • Nursing workforce development
  • Nursing innovation in cultures of health
  • Leadership and advocacy as attributes of nursing in communities


Received the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing's Dean's Alumni Award - Outstanding Nurse Leader on October 4, 2019. This award honors an alumna/us who demonstrates excellence in nursing advocacy, patient advocacy, administration and leadership; serves as a champion for the nursing profession, actively seeks to improve nursing management, administration and goes above and beyond across the nursing practice continuum.


Presented "Staying In: Retaining Retiring Nurses in Community Health Roles" at the Association of Public Health Nurses 2019 Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, 4/23/19-4/25/19.


Hughes, M., & Campbell, L. (2020). Preparing now for after COVID-19: The need to strengthen public health nursing. Texas Nursing Magazine, 2, 16-17.

M Hughes. (n.d.) Session spotlight: The role of nursing in advancing population health. [web log comment]. Retrieved from