Becoming a Nursing Leader

Dr Judith Shamian is the CEO of the Victoria Order of Nurses. As an experienced clinical nurse and health care executive she takes time to share some of what she has learned along the way.

Dr. Judith Shamian RN FAAN

Chief Executive Officer - Victoria of Nurses (VON)

Beginning her career as a clinical nurse Judith Shamian earned her way to the Chief Executive office at the Victoria Order of Nurses. Along the way she has learned many things and feels strongly about the importance of mentoring nurses in hopes of inspiring future nursing leaders. In our conversation how we discuss the inspiration for beginning her research and her advice for aspiring nursing students and nurses. Among her many words of wisdom Judith recommends nurses find their a purpose they feel strongly about and a passion to learn about how organizations work. Learning to make decisions based on available knowledge, learn from mistakes and constantly reflect on your work is another critical lesson she passes on to future leaders.

Resources Discussed


Dr. Judith Shamian: Do you have a plan of how to gain different experiences in the next 12-15 months? What would you like to explore or do?

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One Response to “Becoming a Nursing Leader”

  1. John Silver PhD RN MBAC
    April 18, 2013 at 5:40 pm #

    I think the topic of nursing “leadership” deserves some discussion.

    There are clinical nursing leaders like the charge nurses and head nurses who by and large are clinically competent.

    There are nursing administrators who by and large are puppets of the administrative systems they work in and are more managers than leaders. They are not elected by nurses but rather hired by executives who “look” for someone who will tow their line. Their organization (the AONE) is a subsidiary of the American Hospital Association (what a surprise).

    There are nurse educators who by and large are disconected from the real world of practice. The y teach skills but do not critically reflect on the systems they will be throwing those graduates into after they graduate.

    Finally, there are nursing organizational leaders who by and large are either administrators or educators. The NNU appears to be unique in that they continue to focus on critical bedside issues instead of supporting the deskilling and “restructuring” efforts of the industry to get us away from the bedside.

    Nursing “leadership” is a very murky area

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