Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council Nurse of Excellence 2017 - Pam Martin, RN
“Outstanding contributions to the nursing profession and to the field of healthcare must be demonstrated.” Going above and beyond and participating in activities that foster a positive public image of nursing as a profession are some of the criteria required to be considered a Nassau – Suffolk Hospital Council Nurse of Excellence. St. Joseph’s Pam Martin, RN, BSN exemplifies these qualities and more.
Born in Manchester, Jamaica, Pam’s family, inspired in her compassion and caring, especially her grandmother who was a midwife and caregiver. Her parents stressed the importance of a formal education, so when she came to the United States at age 13, school was an important priority. Beginning her career as a licensed practical nurse, she proceeded to a bachelor’s in nursing, and master’s in nursing education – while balancing the demands of being a wife, mother and student.
Professionally, Pam is an advocate for her patients and staff who embraces today’s healthcare challenges with an open mind and innovative solutions any issues. Her calm demeanor ensures her patients receive quality care, and she holds herself and colleagues to equally high standards.
Pam is also the CNA Coordinator for the Long Island Employment Opportunity Center at Farmingdale State College. She is actively involved in her church – The Amityville Full Gospel Tabernacle Church and is an ordained clergywoman. Her missionary work has taken her to the West Indies, Jamaica and Panama visiting orphanages and bringing school supplies, clothes and food. After Hurricane Ivan in 2005, Pam co-founded United Neighborhood Network Association, a not-for-profit, community based organization encouraging concerned Jamaicans and friends to “Do Your God’s Work Now” by sending essential supplies to those in need.