Professor Emerita of Nursing

As founding director of the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing, Dr. Lynaugh is a true pioneer who put research and scholarship in history on the national and international map.

Although “scholarship in history” distinguishes some of her contributions, she has dedicated more than 40 years of her career to issues in healthcare delivery and practice patterns for nurse practitioners in primary care, as well as the history of nursing.

Dr. Lynaugh was recruited to Penn Nursing in 1980 to direct the School’s new initiative in primary care nursing. She brought with her a commitment to family nurse practitioner education and faculty practice which significantly contributed to the reshaping of primary care nursing education at Penn and throughout the country. As a result of Dr. Lynaugh’s efforts, we have today at Penn one of nursing’s most successful and publicly understood models of care and some of the top nurse practitioner programs in the country.