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Nursing family ties

Meet M.E. and Coy McClinton -- two nursing alumni who not only share a love for their career but for each other.

M.E. and Coy

How did you two meet?
We met working nights in the ER at Lexington Medical Center as new graduates in our first RN jobs.


Current role/location.
I currently work part time as a nurse practitioner in USC’s Student Health Center. I also work PRN, doing DOT physicals and pre-employment physicals for an office in West Columbia, and as a hospice nurse practitioner seeing patient’s for re-certification visits. (I have to have something to fill in my time when the students aren’t on campus!)
Briefly describe your career journey.
I went into nursing with the plan to become a nurse midwife, but ended up working in the ER and absolutely loved it. I went on to get my masters as a FNP and primarily did urgent care before coming to work at USC. I love working with students and being a part of their journey learning to independently access and manage their own health care.
What is the best part of your spouse also being a RN?
For me, without a doubt, the best part is that we have a solid understanding of the other’s professional experience. When something great happens we can truly relate and when something not so great is happening, we are able to be a trusted and valued source of both comfort and advice.


Current role/location.
I am working as a RN case manager at Prisma Health Richland. 
Briefly describe your career journey.
My first degree is a BSN in Biology and after graduation I went to work as a nurse tech in the ER at Lexington Medical Center. I then went on to get my BSN in nursing and continued working in the ER and then urgent care. I have recently made the transition to case management. 
What is the best part of your spouse also being a RN?
I like that we are able to talk about our work experiences together and laugh about the commonalities we experience. I also think we encourage each other to be better nurses as we emulate the good qualities we see in each other.

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