You might recognize a familiar face at Blanco Regional Clinic. Jovawna Hubbard, who worked as charge nurse for eight years at the clinic, left four years ago to attend graduate school at Texas Tech.
Jovawna, now an MSN (Master's of Science in Nursing), APRN (Advanced Practice Registered Nurse), and FNP-BC (board-certified family nurse practitioner), has returned to Blanco Regional Clinic as a family nurse practitioner. She'll be working Tuesday through Friday from 8AM to 5PM.
A Nurse Practitioner is a patient's partner in health, providing high-quality primary, acute, and specialty health care services similar to those of a physician. Nurse Practitioners have graduate, advanced education, and advanced clinical training beyond their initial registered nurse preparation. They bring a unique perspective to health services in that they place emphasis on both care and cure.
Among their many services, Nurse Practitioners order, perform, and interpret diagnostic tests such as lab work and x-rays, diagnose and treat acute and chronic conditions such as diabetes, and manage a patient's care.
Along with clinical services, Nurse Practitioners focus on health promotion, disease prevention, and health education and counseling. Instead of treating the illness, Nurse Practitioners spend time treating the whole person, guiding patients to make smarter health and lifestyle choices.
Jovawna has called Blanco County home for 16 years and is excited to serve the community she lives in.
"Rural health is diverse and always challenging," she said. "Blanco is a wonderful community full of great people and I feel blessed and look forward to being able to assist residents in meeting their healthcare needs." She started this past Tuesday.