Denetra is the founder of For Nurses By Nurses Productions, a media platform that includes a global health initiative, digital education workspace, and film production platform. Denetra's work is focused on the development of the future nurse scientist, through a lens of diversity, global 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 Fellowship, (Formerly Harvard Public Health Review).
She has experiences in Medical-Surgical, Orthopedics, Post-Anesthesia, Critical Care, Ambulatory Surgical, Clinic Management, Patient Safety, Quality Improvement, Emergency Management, Medicare-Medicaid, The Joint Commission Regulations, and Education.
An innovator, Denetra has committed her work to the development of a forward-thinking, diverse, nurse scientist. Having studied diversity abroad, Denetra attended a mission trip to Chile and Argentina that allowed her to participate in group think tanks with diverse nursing and medical executives as well as speak on panels to nursing students at the Universidad Finis Terrae and Hospital San Jose, in Santiago Chile.
A Producer of Film, Denetra released her first mini-documentary on the The Black Angels: A Nurse's Story in 2019. The story of African American Nurses who risked their lives to care for patients with tuberculosis at Seaview Hospital, when white nurses refused, and there was no cure. She followed up with the release of , The Year of The Nurse and Midwife: A Film Project, a riveting narrative that gives homage to the 200th birthday of Florence Nightingale and the culture of nursing. Her current project, The Dixie 3: A Story on Civil Rights in Nursing brings to light the landmark civil rights case out of Dixie Hospital in Hampton Va., that violated the rights of three African American nurses.
A global health influencer, historian and leader, Denetra is committed to raising the voice of nursing science and why it is important to closing gaps in health equity.
Denetra is a member of the American Historical Association and the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.
She is an extreme sought after KeyNote Speaker.