Dr. Russell is an associate professor and coordinator of the RN to BSN track in the Francis Marion University Department of Nursing. She began her nursing career in the cardiac step-down unit at McLeod Regional Medical Center in 2000. Dr. Russell received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of South Carolina in 2009, and a Master of Science in Nursing with a focus in nursing education from the Medical University of South Carolina in 2011. After completing her graduate degree, Dr. Russell worked as a nursing instructor and simulation coordinator for Florence-Darlington Technical College for more than two years. In 2014, Dr. Russell graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina with a second Master of Science in Nursing as a family nurse practitioner. She completed her Doctorate in Nursing Practice from the Medical University of South Carolina in 2016. As an advocate for nursing excellence, Dr. Russell is passionate about preparing future nurses to provide quality patient care.