Teshieka K. Curtis-Pugh, better known as T.K., is the Chief Nursing Officer at Encompass Health in Rock Hill, SC. A leader among leaders, T.K. is always seeking opportunities to grow and advance others. Through her leadership, both nurses and technicians have attained national certification. In addition to her role at Encompass Health, she serves in various capacities that both champion the nursing profession and support the community at large. T.K. is the State Chair for the SC State Conference NAACP. She is the 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 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. T.K. was recognized as a member of the 2019 South Carolina Black Pages Top 20 under 40. She is a member of the SC Organization of Nurse Leaders, American Organization of Nurse Leaders, 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. T.K. is the driving force behind, Nurse T.K., a leadership, strategy, and empowerment brand. She has served as a keynote speaker on local, regional, and national levels. She enjoys uplifting and inspiring individuals to find the joys in life and to be the best version of themselves. T.K. is certified in Medical Surgical Nursing, Nursing Professional Development, and Rehabilitation Nursing. T.K. is a graduate of Auburn University, Fortis College, and Western Governors University. T.K.’s philosophy is, “Do it with passion or not at all”!