Clinical Professors


Veronica Deas, DNP, APRN, ANP-BC, CDCES

Clinical Assistant Professor
Clemson University School of Health Research

Executive Director Nursing Scholarship and Program Development
Prisma Health

Contact: 803-665-2104 |

Who is Dr. Deas?

Veronica M. Deas is the Executive Director Nursing Scholarship and Program Development. In this role she provides leadership for Prisma Health nursing and advanced practice initiatives from the clinical and academic perspectives. She is responsible for the development of strategic relationships with academic institutions to support the education and workforce; and research needs of Prisma Health. Deas also serves as the primary liaison between Prisma Health academics and Prisma Health clinical to ensure a seamless system approach to nursing and advanced practice. Prior to joining Prisma Health six years ago she practiced full time as an Adult Nurse Practitioner in an Internal Medicine practice. Deas received her BSN from the Medical University of South Carolina, her MS from Syracuse University, and her DNP from Walden University.
During her 20 years of practice as a full-time nurse practitioner Deas developed a passion for managing patients with Diabetes and she became a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist, and she is still actively engaged in this work. In her work with CUSHR Deas mentors and precepts nurses who are pursuing advanced degrees or who are interested in initiatives to improve patient experience and outcomes by engaging in research and evidence-based practice projects. She also collaborates with Clemson Nursing faculty in the writing and reviewing of grant application to support Clemson and Prisma Health joint nursing initiatives.

How Deas’ research is transforming health care

Deas is passionate about increasing diversity in the future nursing workforce and believes to achieve optimal patient outcomes it is important for patients to receive care by people who look like them and understand them culturally. South Carolina has many rural communities and in her practice as a nurse practitioner she managed the care of patients from rural, underserved, underinsured and uninsured backgrounds and gained firsthand knowledge of the many challenges these patients experience in accessing care to manage their chronic health problems. She has partnered with CUSHR in grant submissions to increase the number of nurses and advanced practice nurses who are trained to work with this population of patients and to gain better understanding of the impact of social determinants of health on patient outcomes.

Key Health Research Interest Areas

Diabetes; diabetes self-management; health disparities; social determinants of health; cultural competence; translation of evidence into practice; evidence-based practice