Finishing Strong: 2015 Graduate Kayla Martinez


When Kayla Martinez’s husband was told he had the opportunity to choose which Army base he would be be stationed at, he and Kayla immediately leapt at the opportunity to go to Ft. Stewart because of its proximity to Armstrong. As a nursing student at Louisiana Tech University, Kayla was well aware of Armstrong’s excellent reputation for nursing.

“The university’s nursing program is well-known and one of the best in the area,” she says. “I just knew that it was where I wanted to complete my degree.”

Kayla was awarded the Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation Scholarship, which helped make coming to Armstrong more affordable for her. Since transferring to the university in 2012, she has gained a significant amount of hands-on experience.

“Through my classes at Armstrong, I have worked in St. Joseph’s/Candler, a nursing home, Coastal Harbor, Georgia Regional Hospital and in various areas of Memorial Health Medical Center,” she explains. “Armstrong has allowed me to experience various facets of the nursing profession that have been extremely beneficial to my education over the years.”

In particular, Kayla has gained significant experience in critical care, her area of choice. She currently works as a patient care tech at Memorial University Medical Center, where she gets hands-on experience in the Emergency Department and in the Neuro-Intensive Care Unit.

“Armstrong has opened up so many doors for me in the nursing profession and here in Savannah,” she raves.

As Kayla prepares to graduate on May 9, she can’t help but reflect on her time at Armstrong and the positive experiences that have helped her grow into a seasoned professional before walking across the stage to receive her diploma.

“I’m confident that I can go into my nursing career after graduation without any surprises because Armstrong has given me everything I need to succeed,” she says. “Coming to Armstrong was one of the best decisions I have ever made.”