Tamara Riley MSN, APRN, FNP-C
I am so honored when people choose to trust in me and our team for their healthcare needs. Over the past thirty years, I have had an amazing career in advanced nursing practice, acute and critical care.
I began nursing in 1990 at Providence Health in Columbia, South Carolina. The early years were spent in progressive cardiac care. A few years later I began travel nursing in Florida where I worked in a neurotrauma unit. This experience opened my eyes to emergency care. After two years in Florida, I returned to South Carolina, residing in the Irmo area. I immediately returned to work at Providence and also was employed by Lexington Medical Center in the emergency department. During this time I gained many certifications including Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Certification in Emergency Nursing, Critical Care Nursing, and ECG interpretation.
My experience and love for emergency nursing presented me with the opportunity to expand my knowledge and career in the air medical rescue and transport industry. I worked as a flight nurse and later a base manager providing emergency and critical care on scene and in helicopter transport. This stage of my career was extremely exciting and packed with opportunity to expand my education and knowledge base in trauma, critical care and burn care.
After my adventures in the sky, I decided to plant my feet back on the ground. I landed in the cardiac catheterization lab at Providence hospital. I worked very closely with local cardiologists providing state of the art interventional cardiac procedures and emergency cardiac care. It was during this time I decided to further my formal education and returned to emergency room nursing at Parkridge hospital.
I completed my Masters in nursing and obtained my Certification as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse and Family Nurse Practitioner. I trained with excellent physicians and experienced nurse practitioners. It was during this time I felt a calling to work in rural communities with limited available healthcare. This led me to Newberry County Memorial Hospital who together with a dedicated staff support Whitmire Medical Center.
Aside from a busy nursing life, I am recently married and the mother of 4 amazing daughters and 3 stepchildren. We also have 9 fabulous grandchildren that sprinkle more joy into my world. I spend my free time hunting and fishing with my husband. I also love to decorate our home, travel and cook.