Denetra is the founder of For Nurses By Nurses Productions, a media platform that includes a leadership initiative, a digital education center, and film production company. Denetra's work is focused on the development of the future nurse scientist, through a lens of diversity, public health and scientific story-telling.
She is a 22-year Navy Veteran, and a former United States Naval Nurse Corps Officer. Her professional background consists of a Bachelors of Science in Nursing, a Masters in Health Services Administration and HPHR Journal Fellow.( Formerly Harvard Public Health Review)
Her work is committed to helping bridge the gap of health disparities. Having studied public health and diversity abroad, Denetra attended a mission trip to Chile and Argentina that allowed her to participate in group think tanks with diverse nursing, medical and public health executives. Additionally, she was a guest speaker to nursing students at the Universidad Finis Terrae and Hospital San Jose, in Santiago Chile.
In 2019, Denetra released her first mini-documentary, The Black Angels: A Nurse's Story. The story of African American Nurses who risked their lives to care for patients with tuberculosis in the 1940's, at Seaview Hospital, when white nurses refused, and there was no cure.
She has since produced multiple films to include, Year of The Nurse and Midwife: A Film Project, Racism in Nursing: The African American Nursing Experience and her current project, The Dixie 3: A Story on Civil Rights in Nursing.
Denetra is a member of the American Historical Association and the American Historical Association for the Study of African American Life and History.
She is an extremely sought after KeyNote Speaker.
Leading Through Nursing Science
"Nursing science serves healthcare on many levels. At its highest echelon of nursing research it has the ability to make the most impact and positive change. Furthermore, I believe that we must empower diversity in this role if we are to continue to be an integral part in national and global health. Nursing science is the undertone for all of my work. It is the guide for cementing the stories of the nursing profession."
Whether it is nursing science, leadership, entrepreneurship or story-telling, it is an honor to share my expertise with your community.
I work with academic institutions, businesses, museums and cultural organizations to help empower their educational needs through story-telling.
As a Diversity and Inclusion scholar I take pride in offering my services to your committee or board room.