Teshieka K. Curtis-Pugh, better known as T.K., is a Staff Development Manager.
A leader among leaders, T.K. is always seeking opportunities to grow and advance others, as well as herself. Through her leadership, both nurses and technicians have attained national certification. She serves in numerous capacities that both champion the nursing profession and support the community at large. T.K. is the immediate past Commission Chair of Professional Advocacy and Development for the South Carolina Nurses Association, where she represented nurses across the state on various legislative issues and continuing education initiatives. She is a board member for the Midlands Chapter of AMSN. She works to improve health disparities in underserved communities through her membership in Chi Eta Phi Nursing Sorority and the Junior league of Columbia. T.K. has represented nursing on a national level as a delegate for the ANA Membership Assembly and a presenter at the 2018 Academy of Medical Surgical Nurses Convention.
T.K. is a 2018 Palmetto Gold Award recipient and the 2019 Presidents’ Award winner for service to SCNA. She is a member of the SC Organization of Nurse Leaders, American Organization of Nurse Executives, Young Leaders Society of the United Way, and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated. T.K. is the co-founder of Evolution SC Leadership Academy, along with her husband Derrek, which provides leadership training, financial literacy courses, and mentoring services for at-risk youth in Richland and Calhoun counties. She has served as a keynote speaker on local, regional, and national levels. T.K. is certified in Medical Surgical Nursing and Nurse Professional Development.
T.K. is a graduate of Auburn University, Fortis College, and Western Governors University. She enjoys uplifting and inspiring individuals to find the joys in life and to be the very best version of themselves. And loves spending time with her husband Derrek.
T.K.’s philosophy is, “Do it with passion or not at all”!