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Joan Martin joined the faculty at UCM in 1989, and dedicated her professional career as an educator to preparing graduates in the Department of Nursing. The professor emerita retired in August 2009 after serving as coordinator and advisor for the Registered Nurse-Bachelor of Science in Nursing track, working at UCM’s Summit Center in Lee’s Summit.
During her tenure at the university, Martin taught undergraduate courses related to nursing leadership and management and community health, as well as service learning and role transitions at the undergraduate level. She spent part of her career as a nursing faculty member working summers in the North Kansas City Externship Program.
Outside the classroom, the longtime educator was involved in university service activities that include serving on the former College of Applied Sciences and Technology Executive Committee and Curriculum Committee. She served on nursing department committees related to curriculum, scholarship, recruitment and technology, and was involved in curriculum revisions for the generic and RN-BSN track.
Martin carries national certification as an oncology nurse. Her education credentials include a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Marymount College in Salina, KS, followed by a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Kansas, Lawrence.
Throughout her professional career, Martin has been involved in a number of scholarly activities with research interests that include oncology nursing, advanced medical-surgical nursing, genetics, nursing management and leadership, end-of-life issues, and nursing education. She created and published a handbook in 2002 for students to use in clinical settings specific to intravenous administration.