Research interests: Martha’s interests are exploring the perceptions regarding obesity prevention of preschoolers among Hispanics living along the U.S.-Mexico Border
Professional experiences include: Whenever Martha speaks to students in the schools about nursing, she always opens by saying “I was born with a syringe in my hand.” During her forty plus years, she has devoted her nursing practice to working with children and their families. Martha began in the neonatal intensive care unit at Thomason General Hospital in El Paso and worked evening and night shifts while having a daughter and son. She worked more than thirteen years with the El Paso City-County Health and Environmental District as a staff nurse and as a Family Nurse Practitioner.
During that time she provided primary care services to children, prenatal care to women of all ages, home visits to high risk infants, preventive adult health services, and immunization services throughout El Paso County in ten health care clinics. Martha served as the Chief Nursing Officer with the Health District during which she was also able to get funding for the first Health Education Program staffed by certified health educators in west El Paso. She worked at Centro de Salud La Fe, Centro San Vicente, and Cancer Consortium of El Paso.
Her volunteer work included serving as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) and working the Crisis Hotline. She has a membership in the American Nurses Association with primary involvement in Texas Nurses Association. Mentoring students, especially nurse practitioners, was always a pleasure for her after having been the second nurse practitioner who struggled to introduce the role in El Paso.