Friday, January 20, 2012

Lucy Megginson named dean of Health Sciences at Georgia Highlands College

Media release: Lucy Megginson, assistant professor of nursing at the University of West Georgia, has been named dean of Health Sciences at Georgia Highlands College. Megginson previously served as assistant professor of nursing at GHC from 2005 to 2010. Last year she was also an adjunct professor at Shorter University in its Study-Abroad program.

Megginson holds both a Doctor of Philosophy and Bachelor of Science in nursing from Medical University of South Carolina. She earned a Master of Science in nursing education from the University of West Georgia. She returns to Highlands with classroom and clinical experience at both the graduate and undergraduate level. While at West Georgia she helped develop a new nursing curriculum and a program for the institution's new Doctor of Education degree in nursing.

She is a member of the Southern Nursing Research Society, American Nurses Association, National League for Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, the Christian Nurses Association, and the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses.

Megginson has published a number of articles in professional journals, including the Journal of Nursing Education, Nurse Educator, Journal of Christian Nursing and Journal of Nursing Management. She has also volunteered actively in the Rome community. She played an integral role in the design and planning of the Free Clinic of Rome, establishing all policies and procedure and recruiting many volunteers for the organization. She has also volunteered there as a practicing nurse. She serves on the ethics committee at Floyd Medical Center.

She will be instrumental in guiding and expanding the new nursing baccalaureate degree at GHC. Describing her vision for the program, Magginson said, "We will try to build a sustainable, forward-thinking program that provides a venue for regional registered nurses to pursue professional and academic mobility to the baccalaureate level. GHC's RN to BSN program will serve as a springboard to meet the Institute of Medicine's 2010 recommendation to increase the national proportion of nurses with a baccalaureate degree to 80 percent by 2020."

Megginson said she is excited about the potential for interprofessional collaboration in both clinical and academic endeavors that make Dental Hygiene and Nursing students and faculty leaders in academic innovation in Georgia.

Megginson, who lives in Rome with her two sons Sam and Matt, will begin her duties at Georgia Highlands this summer. She takes the reins from Rebecca Maddox, who has served as interim director of nursing for the last two years and was Megginson's professional mentor in 2005. Maddox has been a fulltime member of the Georgia Highlands nursing faculty since 1991, except for several intervening years when she left to work in clinical settings.

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