A native of Columbia, South Carolina, Ms. Sledge received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Hampton University and a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of South Alabama. She has served as a clinical nurse in the United States Air Force, specializing in pediatrics and obstetrics and later as a nurse educator in the United States Air Force Reserves. It was during this time that she realized the intersection of her two loves, nursing and education and began her career as a nurse educator in academia at the University of South Carolina in 2008.
Ms. Sledge continues her research efforts in identifying ways to help students stay motivated and to persist in their nursing programs. Currently, she is working toward completion of her Doctorate of Education as she focuses on investigating variables causing attrition among nursing students in the first two years of their undergraduate education. She enjoys time spent educating and promoting wellness for children and their families in the Hampton Roads community by offering various classes that raise awareness of positive life choices and healthy living habits.