Martin has been a Registered Nurse for seven years. She worked at Dr. Cullum's office in Osceola for six and a half years, and worked in obstetrics at the Blytheville Hospital the first six months of her career.
Martin, a resident of Osceola, was raised in Keiser and is a 1984 graduate of Rivercrest High School. She is the daughter of W.L. and Nan Prentice. She and her husband, Tim, have three sons, Tim Jr., 18, Chris 16, and Coty 12. Tim Jr. recently graduated from Osceola where he was salutatorian of his class. He will be attending Hendrix College on a scholarship and plans to study pre-medicine. Chris is 16 and is an avid hunter. Coty, 12, enjoys playing football.
When Martin decided to go back to school in 1994, she admits it was not easy with three young sons.
"Thanks to the help and support of my family and Tim's family, I made it," Martin said. "I appreciate all they did."
Martin received her nursing degree from Mississippi County Community College.
Martin said serving as director of nursing is a change but she is looking forward to the challenge.
"I've been a shot giver and now I will be doing a lot of paperwork. Everyone here a Manila has made me feel welcome," she said.
Manila Nursing Center has 40 certified nursing assistants and 15-16 nurses. Martin will be working on scheduling and overseeing the day to day care of the residents.
"I will miss my Cullum family at the clinic in Osceola. They were great to work with," Martin said.
Martin started working at Manila on June 7 and is looking forward to the new phase of her nursing career.