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Through her role as a registered nurse, FNU student Emily Tubbs works every day to help underserved patients in her community. A resident of Hooper, Utah, Tubbs works as a referral triage nurse for a local Rheumatology clinic.
The specialty clinic is in the Intermountain healthcare system, where Tubbs has worked since 2009. She started as a patient service representative in Radiation Therapy and then as a CNA while attending nursing school. She also worked with Applegate HomeCare & Hospice and Heritage Park Care Center. She has served as a registered nurse with Intermountain for six years now.
Intermountain is made up of nearly 60,000 caregivers who serve the healthcare needs of people across the Intermountain West, primarily in Utah, Idaho, Nevada, Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, and Kansas. It is a not-for-profit organization providing care to all individuals in the community regardless of their ability to pay, including low-income, uninsured, and minority populations.
Inspired by her own experience as a patient
Tubbs said her decision to pursue a career in healthcare was inspired by her own experiences as a patient. She said she experiences symptoms that affect her daily life, but has not yet been diagnosed with any condition.
“I know a lot of people in the same boat as me, where our lab work and assessment findings leave us undiagnosed,” she said. “I want to help anyone looking for the underlying cause of their symptoms and improve their overall quality of life.”
Tubbs is currently pursuing her Master of Science in Nursing at FNU to become a Family Nurse Practitioner. She said she was inspired to enroll at FNU due to the flexibility afforded by online courses and the university’s highly-reputable Nurse Practitioner program.
A member of FNU Class 205, Tubbs is set to graduate in 2025.
Outside of her work and studies, Tubbs enjoys spending time with her family, friends and pets; spending time outside on walks, runs and hikes; going to the gym and going out to eat. She is married and has three children, along with eight horses, 15 cattle, a goat, a dog and three cats.
Thank you, Emily, for choosing FNU in your healthcare journey and for providing quality care to underserved populations in your community.
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