Providence Medical Center ICU Charge Nurse Wendy Martin, RN, likes to see the world from up on top. One of her strengths is being able to step outside the box and look around her to see what is not only best for her patients, but for their family members and the staff taking care of them.
She has held many hats over her career, including working as a nurse in locations such as Oklahoma and North Dakota, being a stay at home mom raising three sons, and for the past 11 years working as an ICU nurse at Providence.
She received her Bachelor’s of Nursing from Washburn University, she has achieved her CCRN and is a Clinical Nurse IV.
She says what has kept her at Providence is a strong, fun team of smart and caring individuals, including nurses, other team members and physicians. “Our team is compatible, and we have fun,” Wendy said.
She said the past 18 months the ICU staff has felt various highs and lows during the surges of the COVID-19 pandemic. She has seen a greater need for more education and patience as loved ones are ill. “It is our opportunity to help educate both the patients and their loved ones so the best care can be provided,” she said.
She is proud when the staff can work and mentor recently graduated nurses. “The size of our hospital helps facilitate a great learning environment with hands-on experience,” Wendy said.
Outside her hours at Providence, she and her husband enjoy living in southern Leavenworth County on 40 acres. Wendy says come spring, she will be outside working on her large garden and canning some of its treasures. They are proud parents of three grown sons — a police officer, a safety manager and a junior at K-State.