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Throughout her time working as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Freda Hubbard of Bowling Green, Kentucky, has not only served countless patients, but she has also passed on her knowledge and passion to aspiring FNPs. Hubbard serves as a preceptor for students at Greenview Medical Group The Allen Clinic in Bowling Green, where she has worked for 11 years.
“I wanted to give back to my profession,” Hubbard said. “And, by working with students, I can be a part of their growth.”
Throughout her tenure as a preceptor, Hubbard has mentored two FNU students, including current student Amanda Moore. According to Moore, Hubbard consistently goes above and beyond in ensuring students have access to all necessary information, including options for licensing exams, the scope of practice in their area, and professional organizations that can benefit their careers.
Moore said Hubbard consistently ensures she is exposed to a variety of complaints when working with patients, and that when she is developing a plan of care for patients, Hubbard clearly discusses her rationale and approach to care.
“When working with Freda as a student, I can simply see her passion for continuing education,” Moore said. “She loves to teach students and pass her wealth of knowledge and skills onto future generations of nurse practitioners. It has been such a blessing to have this opportunity.”
At Greenview Medical Group The Allen Clinic, Hubbard serves pediatric, adult, and geriatric patients. She specializes in patient education, preventative care, wellness care, and chronic illness management.
In addition to her work as an FNP and preceptor, Hubbard also is heavily active in her community. She has given presentations on diabetes and metabolic syndrome and has conducted research on subjects such as childhood obesity and metabolic syndrome. She has written many health and wellness articles for local outlets, detailing the importance of colon cancer screenings and safety while exercising or playing sports. In 1995, Hubbard was selected as the Warren County Nurse of the Year.
Moore said Hubbard has not only made the transition from didactic to clinical learning as smooth as possible, but she has also served as a source of inspiration.
“I know that I will be a much better FNP due to her diligence and guidance throughout this learning process,” Moore said. “I can only hope to one day be a preceptor like Freda. She is truly a blessing to future nurses and nurse practitioners alike.”
For Hubbard, her motivation to serve as a preceptor comes from the satisfaction of seeing students grasp new concepts and the excitement it brings them.
“I enjoy working with the students and seeing them learn and grow in their profession,” she said. “It’s very rewarding to see them put together their classroom work with hands-on practice.”
Thank you, Freda, for the passion and knowledge you pass on through your work as an FNP preceptor, and for exemplifying FNU’s Culture of Caring.
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