Janice Drum, MSN, RN, a nurse of over 40 years, is inspired daily by her ability to touch another human being in a meaningful way through compassion, care, respect, and love, whether it is a patient, nursing colleague or student.
Janice has been in nursing leadership for much of her career and only recently has decided to formally teach at Lenoir Rhyne University in Hickory, NC. Up until two years ago, she held the position of the Senior Director of Nursing in a medical center. There she learned the secret to leading nurses and having them willingly follow through a trusting and open relationship. “I found the key to being a true leader is in the relationship I developed with my staff and involved my willingness to share myself, vulnerabilities, failures, and hopes and understand the same things that the staff experienced. This open, honest and trusting dialogue paved the way for an amazing leadership experience,” Janice told NCNA. This account is simplified, but it revolutionized her leadership. She is now able to interact with her student nurses with the same philosophy and approach, and has witnessed them grow in amazing ways.
Janice is also a true believer of "Leading by presence." Nothing can replace the value of being present with staff, understanding their work, challenges, and successes. It is a great avenue for reward and recognition and also identifying the "broken windows" in the work environment that need to be fixed. The benefit for a leader is respect and appreciation from the staff.
In addition to teaching, Janice also works as a nursing consultant and is currently helping an organization write the Transformational Leadership sources of evidence for their Magnet re-designation. “I love to write, I love nursing leadership and I love the Magnet framework,” stated Janice.
Janice’s Advice for a New Nurse: Approach your career with passion and open your heart and mind to the possibilities. They are endless for this amazing career choice!
NCNA thanks you for being a part of our community and for your passion for nursing, Janice!
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Janice is also a true believer of "Leading by presence." Nothing can replace the value of being present with staff, understanding their work, challenges, and successes.