Roshanda Garrett

Roshanda GarrettWhen Roshanda Garrett graduated from nursing school in 2004, it followed naturally that she would work at Beaufort Memorial.

“I grew up in Beaufort,” she said. “All my family is here. I delivered my firstborn at Beaufort Memorial Hospital, and when my grandmother was sick, this is where we brought her.”

But it’s not the familiar surroundings that have made her feel at home these last 11 years at BMH. It’s the hospital employees. 

“We’re like one big family,” she said. “We work as a team and help each other out.”

The Burton resident started her nursing career in the med-surg unit and three years later moved to the PCU. She currently serves as a charge nurse in the unit. 

“I like the faster pace of the PCU,” Roshanda said. “And I have an amazing boss. On days we’re short-staffed, she’ll get on the floor and deliver care.”  

The mother of a 14-year-old girl, 7-year-old twin girls and a 14-month-old boy, Roshanda is an experienced multi-tasker capable of handling whatever is thrown her way. With help from relatives, she is able to take care of her kids and still work four 12-hour shifts each week, occasionally picking up extra hours by filling in for staff in the Mental Health Unit. 

A University of South Carolina graduate with a B.S. in biology, Roshanda had considered becoming a physical therapist, but decided nursing was a better fit. 

“It’s very rewarding to make someone smile in their darkest moment or feel better by just sitting with them and holding their hand,” the 35-year-old RN said. “I don’t know what I would do if I wasn’t a nurse.” 

When she’s not at the hospital, Roshanda is running errands, spending time with her kids or visiting her grandmother in the Old Sheldon Church neighborhood where she grew up. She even finds time at least once a month to go out with one of her sisters.

“We usually go shopping or out to eat,” she said. “Once in awhile, we may go to the spa.”

Her days may soon get busier. She recently applied to Walden University’s online master’s degree family nurse practitioner program.

“Everyone here has encouraged me to go for it,” Roshanda said. “It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time.” 

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