Anna Hubbard '24 | Nursing Internship with Kline Hospice House

Anna Hubbard at Kline Hospice House

Anna Hubbard '24, a nursing major, completed her clinical internship with the Kline Hospice House.


As part of her community health nursing class, Anna Hubbard ’24 completed a clinical internship with the Kline Hospice House, a state-of-the-art facility operated by Hospice of Frederick that offers end of life care. In the conversation below, Hubbard discusses her experiences working alongside real patients and staff at Kline House.

Why did you choose to study at Hood College and how did you become interested in nursing?

Nursing hasn’t necessarily been a lifelong dream of mine, but I’ve always been interested in medicine. I realized that nursing was a good fit for me because of its holistic nature. Taking care of people shouldn’t just be about the wellbeing of the body, but also the mind and spirit. I was drawn to Hood by the small class sizes and how it’s incorporated into the Frederick community. I love how tight-knit our cohort is and that we’ve grown more comfortable together over the past few years.

How did you hear about Kline Hospice House and why did you decide to pursue this fieldwork opportunity?

At the end of the spring 2023 semester, everyone in my cohort signed up for a clinical site for our community health nursing class, which we completed in the fall. There were many different options, such as forensics, school nursing, vaccine clinics, etc. The opportunity to work at Kline Hospice House stood out to me because I had experienced caring for my great-grandmother at the end of her life just a few months prior. While it was difficult, it was one of the most rewarding things I have ever done. She helped care for me and my sisters all of our lives, so it was the least I could do. During that time, I knew I wanted to keep pursuing nursing, but I felt stuck because there weren’t any specialties that stood out to me. Working in hospice certainly isn’t for everyone, but I figured I should try it for clinical.

What was the most challenging part about working at Kline Hospice House? What was the most rewarding part?

As one can imagine, the most difficult part of working at Kline House was seeing family members who were having trouble coping with their situation. Conversely, it was rewarding to provide patients and their families with comfort during the end of their lives. I’m very grateful for the time I spent there because it helped me realize that I’d like to work in hospice care in the future. Outside of Kline House, I did a few research projects for my classes last semester that focused on hospice care. I learned a lot about the benefits of it and how, unfortunately, many people don’t consider it until it is too late. Death can be uncomfortable to experience and talk about, and I definitely became more comfortable with it after having this clinical rotation. This is important to me not only as a future nurse, but just as a person in general.

What are your plans for after graduation? Do you have any advice for future nursing students at Hood?

After graduating, I plan on moving back to the Eastern Shore and pursuing a career in either hospice or mental health nursing. My biggest piece of advice to future nursing students is to strike a balance between your different obligations. I’ve stayed busy during college between classes, clinical and work, but I still make time to see my friends and pursue my hobbies. It really does improve your mental health and helps you to see the bigger picture.

Learn more about the Hood nursing program here.