Brandy Beazley

Assistant Professor MSN, RN

Programs and Courses Taught

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Entry Level Master of Science in Nursing

Community Health Nursing

About Me

My interest in nursing was sparked by a love of science, a dedication to social justice, and eight years of experience as a veterinary technician.  I began my nursing career in 2005 after completion of the first year of UCSF's MEPN program. From 2005-2009 I worked at UCSF Medical Center on a kidney, liver, and pancreas transplant unit while completing my master's degree in Advanced Community Health and International Nursing. After four and a half years as a bedside RN, I left UCSF to start my journey as a nurse educator at Samuel Merritt University.  I have a passion for supporting students, community focused health care, and supporting women with breastfeeding.  I  enjoy spending time with my family, listening to music, eating good food, dancing, and being outdoors.


After graduating high school in Fairfield, CA I began taking courses at Solano Community College.  I then transferred to San Francisco State University and focused on a degree in English with the intent of teaching high school.   After a few semesters I decided to leave school, work full time, and have fun in San Francisco.  I began working in veterinary hospitals and loved it.  I soon realized that I needed to return to school in order to support myself in the Bay Area and continue to grow and develop as a person.  After much thought about whether to go into medical, veterinary, or nursing school, I decided on nursing because of the care, compassion, and time given to patients.   I finished my  BA  and then began prerequisites for nursing school.  I was accepted to the MEPN program at UCSF.  I was licensed in 2005 and after some time off received my MSN in 2009.  

Teaching Interests

Community/Public Health

Scholarly Interests

Retention of Students of Color
Breastfeeding/Lactation and Postpartum Support
Innovations in Teaching
Community/Public Health


Berman A, Beazley B, Karshmer J, Prion S, Van P, Wallace J, West N. Competence Gaps Among Unemployed New Nursing Graduates Entering a Community Based Transition to Practice Program. Nursing Educator 2014 Mar-Apr;39(2):56-61;

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

Association of Black Nurse Faculty
Black Nurses Rock

Community Service

Board Memberships:
BANANAS of Alameda County
San Francisco International Hip Hop Dancefest