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.