Gina Marta is a Registered EEG Technologist in Chicago, Illinois.
Having to visit a hospital is always a stressful experience, whether you’re taking a loved one there or seeking treatment for yourself. At every hospital, there are teams of unsung heroes who have decided to dedicate their lives towards helping others. These individuals often work behind the scenes without recognition, acting as doctors, nurses, and various types of technicians. Gina Marta is one such professional, working each and every day to improve the lives of her patients as an EEG Technologist.
Gina Marta’s passion in life is to help others. She believes that the best care she can provide for each person begins the moment she enters the room. Her goal before she will begin any procedure is to alleviate stress, provide full disclosure for the EEG procedure, and to answer any questions. Gina’s desire is to make sure that the patient is not just informed, but also at ease. The hospital can be an uncomfortable place to be, so Gina always try to ensure that every patient feels cared for. As Gina says: “People should feel compassion and love when they have asked for help”. Only when she is convinced that she has done the absolute utmost to accommodate the person, will she perform the required EEG.
Gina Marta’s career did not come easy. She worked her way through school at Chicago’s Medical Careers Institute. After becoming certified to work as a Tech, she decided to take her EEG board exams. There are two parts to the EEG board exam. This first, was in Chicago, and the second, in Philadelphia. She is an EEG Technologist for three different hospitals serving Chicago and surrounding suburbs.
During her off time, Gina relishes the time she is able to share with friends and family. She loves to cook. She enjoys recreating ethnic foods. She also experiments with cooking specialties such as gluten-free, vegan, ketogenic foods. She also delights in being a make-up artist to friends and family.
How did you get started as an EEG Technologist?
I always had a deep desire to help people. I knew I was going to be in the medical industry all of my life. I was not sure what area of the industry I wanted at first. There are a variety of choices. As a child, I remembered witnessing a man having a seizure. Even as young as I was, I remember feeling helpless not knowing what to do to help him That has always stuck with me. I was working as a secretary when I decided I was going to register for school. A co-worker suggested EEG training. I decided that it was a good choice and I went for it. It ended up being the perfect choice for me.
When you were starting out, was there ever a time you doubted it would work? If so, how did you handle that?
I never doubted that this was the right decision to take for my career. The only doubt I have ever had was whether or not to go back to school to become a RN in neurology or surgery. Although, being on call and having to go in at 2 a.m. can be a little rough from time to time, I love what I do. Once you are there you realize why you do what you do, it makes it all worth it. This is a very satisfying path for me.
What is one strategy you use to keep your patients comfortable?
My main strategy is to be present in the moment with the patient. I explain everything thoroughly. People fear what they don’t know so I take the time to explain step by step what is going to happen during the procedure. I want to naturally put them at ease. I make sure their questions are answered to the best of my ability. I am very attentive to their needs. There are a series of things that I can do to make the procedure easier for patients. First, make sure they use the bathroom if required, or give them water if they want a drink. I dim the lights and make sure the bed is right for them. I offer a blanket for their comfort. I do everything I can possibly do to put them at ease before I begin. I believe that if these things are not addressed before we begin that there will cause unnecessary anxiety.
What do you think it is your best achievement that has made you successful?
When I first started my career, I was not sure if I would be able to have financial stability to be completely independent. I feel blessed to be able to do what I love in a position that has provided me with the resources I need to live well.
What has been your most satisfying moment in business?
What satisfies me the most as an EEG Technologist are the feelings that I get from patients. I know that I have to get the answers for the neurologist. Sometimes as I first enter the room for the procedure, patients look at me in fear. It doesn’t matter if they are 2 years old or 80 years old. I believe it is at that point when my work begins. When a person needs your help, they should feel compassion and love when you are attending to them. My satisfaction comes at the end of the procedure when I get hugs from the little ones asking if they could stay or if I want to go out to eat with them and their parents, and a sincere thank you from adults. Everyone is happy by the time we are done. There are no words to describe that kind of satisfaction.
What are you the trends that most excited about?
Some people in the hospitals just slap wires on people’s heads and let it run until it is done. That may just give poor quality results. The importance of continuing your education at work and to provide a quality exam is critical. I think everyone should continue their education while at work and this is a trend that excites me. I can’t wait until all exams are carried out with similar levels of care.
What does the future hold for you and what are you most excited about?
I am most excited about my research into new diseases. I am pretty confident but also humble. I would like to train new EEG techs. I don’t want to be in management but I would like to be a trainer. In the future, I would like to be registered in long term monitoring. It is a different modality. I would like to be registered and have a deeper knowledge of epilepsy surgery and intracranial electrodes.
What is the most important aspect of your job?
It is very important to connect with each person. We should all be attentive. We are treating real people, they are not just a patient. Even if there is no brain activity. I connect spiritually, emotionally and physically. I silently pray for them and I pray for their families as I am doing my work. We are caretakers and it feels like a natural way of caring.