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PA COLLEGE / EVENTS & ALUMNI NEWS
Kierra Martin '16, '18, MSN, RN, CEN, Clinical
Skills Lab Educator and Adjunct Nursing Faculty at PA
College, received the 2022 Promising Future Alumni
Award. This honor recognizes outstanding PA College
graduates from the last decade.
The daughter of two nurses, Martin grew up with a
passion for science. " Between my junior and senior year
in high school, I earned my CNA certification because
I knew I wanted to go into nursing immediately after
graduation, " says Martin, who also is an emergency
department nurse at Wellspan
Good Samaritan Hospital. With
that certification, she worked for
three years at Moravian Manor
while earning her ASN from PA
College.
After graduating in 2016,
Martin went to work full time
at Wellspan Good Samaritan
Hospital and began work on her BSN at PA College,
graduating in 2018. She then earned her master's degree
in 2020 from Liberty University while working full time.
The dust had hardly settled before she began working
at the Lancaster County Career and Technology Center
LPN program. In October 2021, she made the transition
to PA College as a Skills Lab Educator.
Martin quickly learned where her passion lay within
health care.
" As part of my first nursing job, I did a lot of precepting
and those were the days I lived for, " she says. " I thought
jobs out there had to exist that married my love of health
care with teaching. "
Martin cherishes the opportunity to see students'
lightbulb moments.
" Seeing them make a connection for the first time
between the didactic and the clinical makes me
extremely proud, especially at the end of their time with
me, " she says. " They'll come to me and explain their
thought process, and it takes me right back to the initial
excitement of becoming a nurse.
" This is my dream job - I get to teach and shape the
future of health care, " she continues. " I loved my
education here. There's a reason I chose to come back
to PA College. I loved the faculty and was more than
prepared for my first nursing job. Nancy Dillow, who was
an adjunct while I was earning my ASN, was especially
Kierra Martin Awarded
Promising Future
Alumni Award
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Profile
inspiring to me. I've tried to model my own teaching after
her. "
During her time in the Skills Lab, Martin has been working
on game-based learning initiatives to reinforce the didactic
portions of theory and lecture. She is spearheading new ways
to make sure students and faculty know about the range of
Skills Lab resources and specialized sessions they offer.
Martin has lived in Lancaster County her entire life. Her
sisters, Nickea and Tenaya Metzler, graduated from the
PA College ASN program in May. In her limited free time,
Martin loves to travel with her husband, hike and cook.
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