Contia Martin

Contia Martin

Contia Martin, RN

Progressive Care Unit
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Columbus, Ohio
United States
I kept thanking Contia, but she looked at me and said she didn’t feel like she had done anything extraordinary, that it was just a part of her job.

The shift nurse leader on the third floor, Contia, was phenomenal.  She kept checking on me and talking to me while also explaining what was happening and what I could expect.

She treated me with total kindness and gentleness while also doing something so important with patient care:  She listened to me and valued what I said.  I kept thanking her, but she looked at me and said she didn’t feel like she had done anything extraordinary, that it was just a part of her job.  While she may not have thought she did anything differently or unusually, she made a huge difference to me.

Over the course of the next few days, I cried more than once at how kind, gentle, and responsive she was and how committed she was to help me on the road to recovery. 

I don’t think I have ever truly felt as cared for, respected, valued and safe in a hospital.  What she may quickly call “part of her job” can literally be transformative in the lives of patients.  I think these are some of the core qualities of truly amazing nurses who help patients every day and probably don’t get thanked enough.