Martha Schott, '82 Alumni Spotlight

Martha (Englehart) Schott remembers nursing school as a stressful and anxiety-ridden few years, but worth it in the end. “I love being a nurse,” she says.

A 1982 UC College of Nursing alumna, Martha graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a position at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center where she’s worked ever since (minus a 10-year hiatus she took to raise her children). Currently, Martha cares for young patients at the hospital’s Liberty Campus.

We asked Martha a few questions about her experiences as a nursing student and her best advice for future nurses.

What are your favorite memories of UC and the College of Nursing?

I liked the skills lab and the lounge area. I loved relaxing and studying with friends. I recently visited the skills lab, because I know Dr. (Debi) Sampsel, (Director of Telehealth). The skills lab is very different now.

I wasn’t on the main campus very much, but I remember being there for core classes my freshman year. I used to hang out at TUC [Tangeman University Center], where they have the theater. There was a pizza parlor in the basement where I would go to study.

Did you participate in any extra-curricular activities?

I didn’t participate in any extra-curricular activities while I was in school. I commuted to school and had to work to pay for school, so if I wasn’t on campus, I was at home or at work. … It was very hard to work and go to school. Sometimes I say my college years were the worst of my life. I was always stressed.

Did UC prepare you for your job at Cincinnati Children’s?

I think UC is well-rounded and you get great exposure to what’s out there. … My rotation as a UC student made me realize I wanted to work with kids. I had no prior experiences with caring for children, but now I can’t imagine anything else. I couldn’t care for adults as easily because the environment at Children’s is so welcoming and friendly.

What’s your best advice for nursing students?

College is worth it. Don’t get discouraged with school; it gets better when you’re out. I love being a nurse. Also, nursing is flexible, you can do pretty much whatever you want. It’s a very diverse field that has something for everyone.

Do you have plans for the future?

I didn’t like nursing school for a long time, because of all the stress, but I have a better appreciation for it now. I’m considering going back and teaching part time. I love to teach. At Children’s, I work on teaching plans, which is a great opportunity.

Student Olivia Spampinato interviewed alumna Martha Schott as part of the Alumni Discovery Project.

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