Heather L Johnson


Department of Primary Appointment:
Graduate School of Nursing
Family Nurse Practitioner and Women's Health Nurse Practitioner Program
Director & Chair, Family & Women's Nurse Practitioner Program
Location: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD
Research Interests:
Children with Special Healthcare Needs
Care of Military Veterans and Families
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Doctor of Nursing Practice, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL 2012
Master of Science in Nursing, Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, MD 1999
Bachelor of Science in Nursing, The University of Akron, Akron, OH 1991


Heather L. Johnson, DNP, FNP-BC, FAANP, is a Family Nurse Practitioner and retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel who has dedicated her professional career to helping families navigate the complex healthcare and education systems for children with special healthcare needs. Dr. Johnson integrated curriculum specific to this population into Family, Women’s Health and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner education. She is an invited speaker and author on topics surrounding access and interdisciplinary care for exceptional children. She mentors groups of Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) students in the development of projects to improve transitions and continuity of care for military children. She partnered with the National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health on a number of key projects to create multi-disciplinary education initiatives for vulnerable populations in disasters and maintains an active clinical practice at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Cabrera Family Health Center. Dr. Johnson is the Director & Chair of the Family & Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Programs at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences Daniel K. Inouye Graduate School of Nursing.

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

2017-Present Program Director & Chair, Family/Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Programs USU Graduate School of Nursing, Bethesda, MD

2022 Teaching with Technology Award, USU Education Day

2019 GSN Faculty Leadership and Esprit de Corps Award (Faculty vote)

2017 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Scholarly Practice (Daisy Award)

2013 Inaugural Recipient: USU Alumni Association Graduate School of Nursing Alumni Award

2012 Fellow, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)

2011 Distinguished Military Faculty Award, Graduate School of Nursing, USU

Taylor, L.A., Johnson, H.L., & Thomas, J.S. (2021). Clinical Learning in the Pandemic Land of COVID19. Panel Presentation: Exploring the Role of Health Professional Students and Trainees as Members of the Health Workforce Workshop. National Academy of Science, Engineering & Medicine. (Invited)

Johnson, H.L. (2021). Using the Reporter, Interpreter, Manager, Educator (RIME) Framework to Level Expectations Across DNP Nurse Practitioner Curriculum. 47th Annual National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties Conference [Virtual Conference]. (Refereed)

d’Aoust, R.A., Brown, K., McIltrot, K., Daley, J.M., Johnson, H.L., Seibert, D.C., Ling, C.G. (2022). Achieving Academic Excellence for Practice Readiness: PRIME-NP Model for Competency-Based Clinical Education. American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Doctoral Education Conference. [Virtual Conference]. (Refereed)

Representative Bibliography

Johnson, H. L., Beatty, J. R., Archer, H. A., Best, N. I., Trautmann, J. L., Williams, J. K., Williamson, J. M., Seibert, D. C., Taylor, L. A. (2022). Applying the RIME Framework to Level NP Curriculum Competencies. Nurse Educator.

D’Angelo, M., St. Rose, T., Johnson, H.L., Owen, R., Radford,K., Taylor, L., & Seibert, D. (2022). Using drug cards to teach generalized pharmacology for APRNs: a pilot. Nurse Educator, 47(4), 1-2. DOI: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000001180

d’Aoust, R.A., Brown, K., McIltrot, K., Daley, J.M., Johnson, H.L., Seibert, D.C., Ling, C.G. (2022). Mapping clinical development across the curriculum: A competency roadmap for advanced practice nursing education. Nursing Outlook, 00(00), 1_10. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.outlook.2021.10.009.

Hays, S.M., Johnson, H.L., & Taylor, L.A. (2020). A toddler with sudden onset tremors and change in temperament. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 18(6), e77-81. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nurpra.2020.03.004

Johnson, H.L. (2019). The promise of autism genetics: still waiting. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 31(12), 687-689. DOI 10.1097/JXX.0000000000000325

Korkosz, J.A., Fuller, A.J., Sheehy, S., Taylor, L., Seibert, D.C., & Johnson, H.L. (2019) [online ahead of print]. Taking the leap from clinical practice to academic faculty: a beginner's guide. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. doi: 10.1097/JXX.0000000000000320

d’Angelo, M., Seibert, D., Wanzer, L., Johnson, H.L., Alguire, K., Dillon, D., Welder, M., & Romano, C. (2018). Operational readiness: Redesigning advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) curriculum for an evolving battlefield. Military Medicine. https://doi.org/10.1093/milmed/usy269

Rossiter, A.G., Ling, C.G., d’Aoust, R., Wilmoth. M.C., Morrison-Beedy, D., & Johnson, H.L., (2017). Ethical Considerations of Veteran and Military Family-Focused Academic and Research Initiatives. Symposium at 2017 28th International Nursing Research Congress, Sigma Theta Tau International, Dublin, Ireland.

Rossiter, A.G., Patrician, P.A., Dumas, M.A., Ling, C.G., Johnson, H.L., Wilmoth, M.C. (2018). I serve 2: Identifying and caring for military connected children in civilian primary care settings. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 30(11), 614-618. doi: 10.1097/JXX.0000000000000084

Ling, C.G., Fuller, A., Taylor, L., & Johnson, H.L. (2018 [e-pub ahead of print Nov 2017]). Triangulation of multifactorial assessment: bringing objectivity to OSCE evaluation. Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 16, 40-47. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecns.2017.10.009