Director of Nursing Services at Bustamante Hospital Says Caring Drew Her to Profession

Photo: Marlon Tingling Director of Nursing Services at the Bustamante Hospital for Children, in Kingston, Patricia Ingram Martin.

Story Highlights

  • It is widely recognized that nurses are trained to give proper care to persons who are sick or injured, and sometimes work with doctors and other health care providers to make patients well and keep them healthy.
  • One member of that noble profession who has been making a difference in the field is Patricia Ingram Martin, Director of Nursing Services at the Bustamante Hospital for Children, in Kingston.
  • Mrs. Ingram Martin tells JIS News that as a child, it was her love for animals which pushed her into a career of nursing. Initially, she wanted to pursue a career as a teacher.

It is widely recognized that nurses are trained to give proper care to persons who are sick or injured, and sometimes work with doctors and other health care providers to make patients well and keep them healthy.

One member of that noble profession who has been making a difference in the field is Patricia Ingram Martin, Director of Nursing Services at the Bustamante Hospital for Children in Kingston.

Mrs. Ingram Martin tells JIS News that as a child, it was her love for animals which pushed her into a career of nursing. Initially, she wanted to pursue a career as a teacher.

“I really had a liking for nursing (although) my first love was teaching. We had a lot of animals around and one got sick…I was the one who stepped up and administered my touch and care to the animal. So, from that I tended to go where I could administer care…and that is what superseded the teaching,” she says.

Having dedicated over 20 years of her life to the nursing profession, Mrs. Ingram Martin says she has no regrets, as despite the challenges that come with the job, she feels an immense sense of satisfaction in seeing persons who come to the hospital being sick, leaving in good health.

“It has been good. It has its ups and downs, like everything else. But, I have grown up through the ranks,” she notes.

Mrs. Ingram Martin, who started out in the pre-nursing programme in the late 1980s, went on to attend the Kingston School of Nursing.

“After school, I was first a general trainee, which was a Level 1 nurse, and then I moved up the ranks. I did my Mid-Wifery (and) I was assigned to the Victoria Jubilee Hospital and there I did my post-basic Mid-Wifery training. From there I did a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing Administration,” she tells JIS News.

Nurse Ingram Martin says she is in the nursing profession for the “long haul,” and will ensure that she makes her mark on patients and other players in the sector.

“I do intend to be in nursing for as long as I am able to. I have some years ahead of me and I am open to wherever nursing will take me. So, anything that will provide that improvement in nursing service, I am for it. If there is a calling to go further in nursing administration or leadership, I am there,” she says.

As a leader in the nursing profession, Mrs. Ingram Martin says she stands ready to encourage any focused, hardworking and dedicated young woman or man to enter the field, where they can make a difference.

“You need to know for yourself what it is that you want to do. I don’t want persons to come into nursing just because it is a stepping stone. I want persons who have the genuine feeling to care for patients…those who are less fortunate than us. It is so fulfilling when you see a child who come in so sick in his or her parents’ arms, sometimes at death’s door…and you help to bring this child back…walking out of the hospital in good health, it is really a good feeling,” she tells JIS News.

“It is not the nursing that is going to fit into your life, you must fit into nursing …you must fit into this profession. It must be your calling,” Mrs. Ingram Martin emphasises.

The Director of the Bustamante Hospital for Children was born in Alexandria, St. Ann, and attended Lime Hall Primary and  Ferncourt High Schools.

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