Meet Tamera Martin, RNC-NIC, CLE, Nurse Manager, Pediatrics/NICU at Sky Ridge Medical Center

Tamera Martin, Peds/NICU Nurse Manager, Sky RidgeTell us a little about your background.

I grew up in Southern California and attended California State University in Long Beach. My nursing career started at Children’s National Medical Center in D.C. as a new grad RN in its Level IV neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). I later moved back to California and subsequently was named the nurse manager for our 21-bed Level 3B NICU. I am thrilled to join the Sky Ridge team.

What is intriguing to you about pediatrics?

I love to teach, whether it is working with our families or other colleagues. My management positions afforded me the opportunity to affect quality and staff in an even more impactful way.

What do you find most rewarding about your job?

I don't think there is anything more rewarding then sending healthy children home to their families. I really appreciate the personal relationship we are able to build with the entire family. I am blessed to see "miracles" every day.

What is your favorite children’s book?

"The Velveteen Rabbit" still makes me cry every time I read it. I think Dr. Seuss has done amazing things to encourage children to read … and his books are so much fun for adults, too! My older children
are all big Harry Potter fans and the series has been a family addiction.

What is the one thing you can't live without?

Being new to Colorado, I miss Trader Joe's, but I hear we have several new stores coming to the area soon. I love to entertain and it is a great place to go for all your specialty foods and entertaining needs.

What do you think is unique about the pediatrics program at Sky Ridge?

I think families need to know about the wealth of resources and specialists we have available here, in addition
to our outstanding inpatient unit.

What should parents bring with them to the hospital for their child?

Something that offers security and familiarity is always a great help. A favorite doll, blanket or toy is always nice.

How often will my child be seen by a doctor while at Sky Ridge?

Physicians will check on your child at least once a day, but they are always available to answer questions or if there is a change in the child’s status or plans.

Who will be involved with my child's care?

Specialty-trained pediatric nurses, physicians, neonatal nurse practitioners, physician assistants, social workers and respiratory therapists.

Can friends and family come to visit?

Visitors are always welcome. However, I would always take into consideration how your child is feeling, his or her energy level and how well the visitors feel. We always want what is best for the patient, but we
want our visitors to stay healthy, too.

What services and activities are available to my child at Sky Ridge?

Our facility has kid-friendly patient rooms as well as a fully equipped playroom, complete with TVs, DVDs, game systems, books, arts and crafts and toys appropriate for all ages. We also have a playground on our outdoor patio for family members or restless siblings.