MSN (Nursing Education), Belmont University
BSN (Nursing), Belmont University
BS (Family and Consumer Sciences), Lipscomb University
Martha joined the Belmont faculty as an adjunct instructor in the fall of 2005 and became a full time instructor in 2010. She teaches skills labs in the Introduction to Nursing course, as well as online general education courses in Nutrition and Wellness.
After being a full time mother to four children, Martha returned to school and received her nursing degree at Belmont. Her practice experience is primarily in outpatient settings, including the Student Health Clinic at Belmont University and several non-profit clinics. She has made medical/mission trips to Tegucigalpa, Honduras and Grand Goave, Haiti.
Martha has served on the Board of Directors at Hope Clinic for Women and the Advisory Board of Faith Family Medical Clinic. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Nashville Hospital Authority and at Monroe Carell, Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.
A personal note from Martha. . . . .
Unlike many of the faculty members at Belmont who chose nursing early in life, I came to nursing as a second career. The year my youngest child started school, I began praying about what God might have planned for my next stage of life. That spring, our family went to Honduras on a medical/missions trip where I spent the week assisting physicians. On the flight home, I announced to my husband that my next career would be nursing.
I believe that nurses have the privilege of stepping into the lives of our patients and their families on life’s most vulnerable and holy days. As nursing educators, we have the added blessing of teaching future nurses how to do this. I love the Henri Nouwen quote selected for our building’s cornerstone: “When we honestly ask ourselves which persons in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand.”
When I am not at Belmont, I enjoy being with my husband and children, cooking, exercising and flower arranging. The beach at Hilton Head Island is my favorite place to relax.