National Nurses Week
May 6th - 12th
Interview with Jeri L. Andrews, FNP at CareSouth Carolina
1. Why did you become a nurse?
For as long as I can remember, my dream was always to become a teacher. I was even a teacher cadet in high school, but then one summer I became a teenage volunteer (formerly known as Candy Striper) at my local hospital. I was fascinated by everything I saw and heard, and I knew then that a career in the medical field was my true calling. As a nurse, I get the best of both worlds because so much of what we do as nurses involves teaching!
2. How long have you been practicing nursing?
I began work as a nursing assistant in 2001 while in nursing school. It has been 20 years now.
3. What is your current role at CareSouth and who do you serve?
I am a Family Nurse Practitioner and Director of Mobile Health and Off-Site Services. I oversee our 3-fleet mobile school-based medical services, all telehealth, and two specialty offices. We serve patients in Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon, Lee, and Marlboro counties.
4. How long have you been using telehealth and what do you like about it?
I began working with telehealth in 2019, but our telehealth utilization increased rapidly in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic. I love the convenience, flexibility, and comfort of telehealth for both the patient and the provider. We are no longer bound by the walls that surround us in our clinics. We have the ability to deliver quality care to our patients in an environment that meets their needs.
5. What is the most rewarding part of your job?
I am blessed to be able to live CareSouth Carolina’s vision and mission every day, in every aspect of my work. We lead the transformation of community centered care and we enhance and improve the health and wellbeing of everyone. I am reminded of this every day when I see the difference we are making in our patients’ lives and in our communities.