Deanna M Sheets


Lieutenant Colonel, Army

Department of Primary Appointment:
Graduate School of Nursing
Family Nurse Practitioner and Women's Health Nurse Practitioner Program
Assistant Professor
Location: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD
Research Interests:
Women's Health
Operational Medicine
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Doctor of Nursing Practice, Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, MD (2017)
Master of Arts in International Relations, Webster University, St. Louis, MO (2013)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Creighton University, Omaha, NE (2002)


LTC Deanna M. Sheets, DNP, FNP-C, WHNP-BC is a dual certified Family and Women's Health Nurse Practitioner currently assigned to the Daniel K. Inouye Graduate School of Nursing, Uniformed Services University (USU) in Bethesda, MD. She is originally from Kansas and commissioned in the U.S. Army through ROTC after completing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Creighton University in 2002. As an Army Nurse, she enjoyed assignments as a Medical Surgical and Critical Care Nurse with the 67th Combat Support Hospital in Wurzburg, Germany and Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, TX; as a Clinical Nurse OIC at DDEAMC in Fort Gordon, GA; and as a Nurse Practitioner and OIC of the SSG Charles D. Allen Soldier Centered Medical Home at Madigan Army Medical Center on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA. Prior to being assigned to USU, LTC Sheets served as the Chief of Hospital Education and USU Phase II Site Director at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, TX.

LTC Sheets has two combat deployments and supported a recovery mission in Vietnam. She deployed to Iraq with the 67th CSH in support of OIF in 2004, where she helped establish the first detainee care facility at the infamous Abu Ghraib prison and spent her last three months of the deployment working in the Emergency Department in Mosul. She also deployed in 2011 with the 10th CSH in support of OEF to a multinational Role 3 hospital at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan. LTC Sheets’ most memorable opportunity as an Army Nurse was providing medical support to a team on a Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency mission to Vietnam in 2018.

LTC Sheets' honors and awards are: Meritorious Service Medal (3), Army Commendation Medal (5), Army Achievement Medal (4), Iraqi Campaign Medal (2 stars), Afghanistan Campaign Medal (1 star), Combat Action Badge, Basic Recruiter Badge, and Parachutist Badge.

Particular interests include women’s health, operational medicine, and compassion fatigue. She loves caring for Soldiers, military families and retirees, and truly enjoys training military healthcare professionals. LTC Sheets understands the unique challenges that can come with being married to a service member, as her spouse is also an Army Nurse. She has two energetic boys and enjoys exploring the world, reading, and movie nights with her boys.

Career Highlights: Positions, Projects, Deployements, Awards and Additional Publications

2004-2005: Operation Iraqi Freedom

2011-2012: Operation Enduring Freedom

2017: MOAA Outstanding Student Award

Representative Bibliography

Esparza, J., & Sheets, D. (2016). Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)/premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). In A. Hollier (Ed.), Clinical Guidelines in Primary Care (2nd ed.) (pp. 807-810). Scott, LA: Advanced Practice Education Associates, Inc.