Martin King, R.N., is the Unit Manager for 8 South, a 14-bed Med/Surg/Tele Unit that is home to the Center for Gender Confirmation Surgery (GCS) at Weiss Memorial Hospital. Martin has complete oversight of the floor and is responsible for the operation of the unit. He also has responsibility over all staff and patient satisfaction.Martin has been with Weiss’ GCS program since its very beginning in 2015, when he served as the Gender Confirmation Resource Nurse. Now as the Unit Manager, Martin’s role is two-fold: First, to make sure that his patients are happy and satisfied with their treatment and results. Second, to ensure his nurses are providing the best possible care while getting the tools and training they need to help patients successfully transition. Ultimately, patient satisfaction and safety are a priority for Martin.
“I love the gender program at Weiss. We assist our patients every step of the way through the transition of becoming their true selves,” Martin explains. He and his staff are right there alongside each patient offering a great deal of support – sharing many emotional hugs and tears. “Very few professions allow you to experience the dramatic impact you have on a journey such as this. It is heart-warming and the best part of my job,” says Martin.
Martin is also excited by the impact transitioning patients have on both new and experienced nurses. He’s seen nurses at every stage in their careers grow professionally in ways they could never have imagined. All of the unit’s nurses have pushed themselves in their abilities and have become integral partners with the patients.
“We are privileged to be a part of this life-changing journey and want to do all we can to help each of our patients achieve their hopes and dreams,” affirms Martin.