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Marcelaine Reneau

Marcelaine Reneau Reneau

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  • Assistant Professor
  • College of Nursing
  • Department of Nursing
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Diploma RN 1993, Virginia. 
BSN 2004, Jacksonville University, Florida  
MSN 2006, Family Nurse Practitioner, Hawaii Pacific University 
PhD 2019, MUSC CON 
Recipient of the Stewart Dissertation Award


I started my nursing career a bit later in life. I was a teen mother and was not able to finish my senior year of high school. However, I continued to work as a waitress, medical administrative assistant and legal assistant while attending college at night. I graduated as a diploma RN and worked in the ICU and ER. Ten years later I completed my BSN online and was accepted into the MSN program at Hawaii Pacific University and became a Family Nurse Practitioner. I worked as a Family Nurse Practitioner in family practice clinics at Tripler Army Medical Hospital, Hawaii, Heidelberg Army Medical Clinic Germany, and Kleber Army Medical clinic Germany. In 2014 I moved to South Carolina and started working in the R.J. VA Primary Care clinic before transitioning to the VA Chronic Pain Clinic in 2016. 


I am certified in auricular acupuncture, dry needling, aroma therapy, cupping and Guasha.  I incorporated these complementary and alternative treatments into my traditional Western medicine to treat Veterans with chronic pain.


I retired from the VA in July 2020 and joined as faculty of the MUSC CON DNP program in August 2020. 


Chronic pain management
Heart rate variability biofeedback
Fibromyalgia management
Veteran health care
Complementary and alternative pain management
Auricular acupuncture