Martina teaches student nurses on various aspects of clinical skills, subjects aligned to medicine and research using demonstrations of clinical procedures, theory and research delivery. She recognises that nursing is by its very nature a skilled, high-tech medicine-based discipline where it is often all too easy for lecturers to succumb to blunt, boring and uninteresting delivery of the complex issues.
Martina has ambitions to inject great energy into teaching. She employs a variety of entertaining student-centred teaching methods such as interactive game-based real-life scenarios, and encourages students using problem-solving sequencing of events, often from their own working environment. She bridges the gap between theory and practice in a more informal, pleasant and fun way.
During observations of students’ performance, Martina seeks evidence of critical thinking and students’ ‘on-the-spot’ self-reflection as initial indicators of topic retention and effective practice. As a result, the learners in her care conclusively demonstrate an awareness of ‘normal and abnormal’, as well as the safety for the patient, the public and themselves. Her students productively contribute towards a well-functioning knowledgeable clinical team by maintaining excellent communication and adaptability.