Meeting the needs of adult learners: Danielle Hubbard
LPN to BSN student
Charge Nurse, Kingston Healthcare Company
Balancing family, work and college is a daunting task. Danielle Hubbard successfully manages a busy schedule and is on her way to achieving her professional goal. A full-time mom, she works full-time as a Charge Nurse at Kingston Residence in Sylvania and attends Lourdes part-time in the LPN to BSN degree program.
Born in Toledo and raised in Temperance, Michigan, Danielle attended a few community colleges after high school but was undecided as to a major. In 2011, she took a State Tested Nurse Aide (STNA) course and began working as a Resident Assistant at Kingston Residence. “It was here that I fell in love with nursing, working with and helping people in geriatrics. I have a lot of compassion and empathy for the people I take care of. I know I have found the perfect career for me,” she says.
Over the next few years, she earned a diploma and practical nursing certificate and then completed her boards becoming a LPN. Looking to achieve a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, Danielle’s career path led to Lourdes University. “I heard many wonderful things about Lourdes and the nursing program. Once I realized they offered the LPN to BSN program, I enrolled right away.”
Now completing her second semester, the junior hopes to graduate in spring 2019. She is grateful to Kingston for her career. “They work with my school schedule and I have discovered the benefit of taking online courses. Throughout my days, I don’t waste a minute of my time. Wherever I go, I always take my books with me. I plan out my weeks in my planner so I know what to get done every day,” she says.
Proud mom to Brody, her 10-year-old son, Danielle enjoys spending time with him and his best friend Benji, a Shitzu and Maltese mix. Whenever possible, Danielle and Brody enjoy walking in the Toledo Metro Parks, attending Walleye and Mud Hens games and going to the YMCA. “He is in the teen center while I work out in the gym. Then we play basketball on the court.”
Danielle encourages all adult learners who are returning to school with a busy life to not give up. “Direction is more than speed. Being optimistic during hard times will lead to achievement. Use your time wisely. Always prioritize everything. With dedication and perseverance, you can conquer anything!”