Service to Others Motivates Outstanding Nursing Grad

June 2017

Jenna Martin approaches life as an opportunity to serve others and Christ. It’s why she wants to be a nurse, and why she chose PBA as the place to provide her with the skills and knowledge to be the best.

Jenna Martin is named the outstanding graduate of the Palm Beach Atlantic University School of Nursing for 2016-17.

In choosing a school, Martin said, “I wanted to grow in my academics and pursue nursing, but I also wanted to grow in my faith and walk with the Lord during my time there.”

From the moment she stepped foot on PBA’s campus for a visit, the then high-schooler from Palm Harbor, Florida, said, “I was blown away by the Christ-centered community.” PBA offered the added element she was looking for: a minor in biblical and theological studies. “I knew this school would be my home for the next four years.”

Kathy Kino, assistant professor of nursing, describes Martin as having the most positive attitude of anyone she knows. “Jenna exudes the love of Christ. And she is an excellent nurse: caring, kind, empathetic, trustworthy, honest, and compassionate.”

These same qualities were evident outside of the classroom, as well. Kino said, “Jenna was always willing to help nursing students by tutoring and giving of her time.” She also served with Residence Life as a discipleship assistant and resident assistant, and with the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau.

Martin leaves PBA — for now — not only as a shining example of Christ in action but as Outstanding Graduate of the School of Nursing. “In the near future I hope to continue my education at PBA in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program,” she said. “I want to expand my understanding and scope of practice as much as possible.”

Her goal is to be a family nurse practitioner and later to move overseas and teach nursing. “That is a huge dream of mine,” she said. “Nursing is a flexible career that allows me to serve, go pretty much anywhere, and equip people with necessary skills.”

Martin’s first position post-graduation is in the critical care nurse residency program at St. Mary’s Medical Center (West Palm Beach) ICU Step Down Unit. “The ICU is a difficult place to work, but also very rewarding,” she said. “There are times that you get to be a part of and celebrate miraculous recoveries and times when you have to deal with and mourn loss.

“I think it is an honor and a privilege to get to love and serve people when they are at their worst and facing some of the darkest and most trying times of their lives.”

You can’t go it alone, though, Martin said. “I am where I am today because of the amazing people I was surrounded by — God-honoring professors, friends, roommates, staff, and mentors. They supported me and pointed me to Christ through each and every thing. It is important to surround yourself with people who will do that. He has to be your first passion from which all other passions flow.” 

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