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Tradition of Nursing

The calling and tradition of nursing is often is passed down among families. Our "Tradition of Nursing" series spotlights nurse relatives who have earned their degree from UofSC College of Nursing. 

When current FNP graduate student and alumna Brandy Pressley ('16 BSN alumna) began her nursing journey as a freshman, she immediately felt at home at UofSC Nursing.

"My mom went to UofSC for her nursing degree, so I grew up a Gamecock. It was a warm feeling attending the same university as my only felt right to return for my FNP degree," says Brandy. 

Her mother, Kendra Criminger, a psychiatric nurse, is proud of Brandy for choosing a nursing career and values this special bond. "I always encouraged Brandy to make her own choices, but I think she saw the important work I do as a nurse and felt called to do the same." 

Q: What values as a nurse did you instill in Brandy as she grew up?
A: The key component that I instilled in Brandy is compassion and integrity. Teaching Brandy about empathy and treating others with respect and honesty was important to me. 

Q: Why is UofSC important to you and your family?
A: UofSC provided me with the well-rounded knowledge to be a nursing leader and have a successful career. Now my daughter is setting herself up for the same success. 

Q: Besides your love for the Gamecocks, why did you return to UofSC for your graduate degree?
A: The BSN program prepared me to be a nurse leader, and I knew the grad program would do the same. We learned essential skills such as critical thinking, communication, respect, dedication, professionalism, and integrity. I knew the graduate program would do the same. 

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