The Invest in Nursing grant has had great success over the past three years in the partnership between UNC Chapel Hill School of Nursing and Piedmont Health Services, Inc., with three cohorts of Student Scholars from UNC Chapel Hill, and with three cohorts of Faculty Fellows from across the State of North Carolina. This program is a time-limited grant funded opportunity, provided by the Health Resources and Services Administration, and will no longer continue programming in this current iteration after the 2021-2022 cohort year. It is our hope that other educational entities will use Invest in Nursing as a blueprint for implementing similar programming. Reach Out

Hope Hubbard, RN, MSN

Watts College or Nursing

My name is Hope Chantell Hubbard. I have been a nurse since 2010. I have had the pleasure of serving Eastern and Central North Carolina. My service includes a brief period at Bayview Nursing & Rehab in New Bern, NC followed by many years of service in the Emergency Department at Onslow Memorial and in Cardiovascular Care at Carolina East Medical Center. Since 2015 I have worked in the Emergency Department for WakeMed Health & Hospitals, Garner. While working for North Carolina Memorial Hospital and Rex Healthcare part-time, I increased my practice and skills in Cardiovascular Care. In 2019 after several years and many applications, I finally received a call from Wake Technical Community College and transitioned into a part-time Clinical Instructor position. I continued to serve the community of Garner and teach while working to complete the Masters of Nursing Education program at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.  

Upon completing the graduate program, I began the search for a full-time position. A task that I believed was going to be extremely intensive led me to an open door at Watts College of Nursing in January 2021. As I continue to grow into the honor of this position, I am seeking opportunities appropriate to my personal growth as an educator. Trisha Harrison (Watts College of Nursing Faculty), a past participant shared information on the Invest in Nursing Faculty Fellowship and the purpose caught my attention. As a novice educator with an array of bedside experience, this opportunity will foster additional foundational experience as an educator as well as permit me to highlight specific areas of interests as an educator.  

Ultimately, I plan to seek advanced education in a doctoral program next year but it is imperative to keep momentum. While participating in the fellowship program, I will focus on the development of an introductory course to Nursing. Implementing a program for individuals interested in Nursing, as a career, will hopefully increase participants understanding of the obligation to effectively serve our communities well into the future. I am excited about this opportunity and plan to take full advantage of the knowledge of my colleagues and the resources provided.