People of PA College: May 2017 Edition

by PA College May 30, 2017

People of PA College: May 2017 Edition

Each month, we share the stories of the People of PA College who make the college a great place to learn, work and grow. Here are May’s stories!

Alumni Spotlight

Leigh-Anne Drumm, BSN, RN, CPN ’87
Lancaster General Hospital

Leigh-Anne Drumm earned both her diploma in Nursing from PA College (then Lancaster General Hospital School of Nursing) and her associate degree in science from Franklin & Marshall College in 1987. She continued her education at Millersville University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree the following year. Although she has pursued many career interests such as teaching and research, Leigh-Anne has remained employed as a bedside nurse in the Pediatric Unit at Lancaster General Hospital for nearly 30 years. She enjoys mentoring high school students interested in a career in pediatric nursing and is excited to be involved with Future Nurses clubs across Lancaster and Chester Counties.

Looking back over her career, Leigh-Anne shares, “I am so grateful to be able to assist families as they navigate the difficult journey of child illness or injury. While I am proud of the work I am able to do with families, I am also honored to work with many talented and caring people willing to find creative ways to help others.” In particular, Leigh-Anne notes her appreciation for Al Price, who included her in the planning committee for the Safe Kids Coalition in Lancaster, Dr. Holmes Morton for teaching her more than she ever thought she would know about metabolic disease in children, and Barb Miller who enabled Leigh-Anne to navigate complex learning goals that helped her to be a better nurse, writer and student. She also served on the Alumni Association Board for many years, including a term as President, and encourages all alumni to become actively involved.

Leigh-Anne is the daughter of Fred and Doris Young of Dillsburg, PA. She and her husband John Drumm are the proud parents of daughters Michaella, attending Columbia University, and Gabby, a student at Lampeter-Strasburg High School. In her spare time, Leigh-Anne enjoys being a kindergarten/first grade Sunday school teacher at First United Methodist Church in Lancaster, traveling, gardening, playing tennis and dabbling in sports photography.

Faculty/Staff Spotlight

Lois Walters, MSN, RN, MHS, LPC
Nursing Faculty

Lois Walters teaches mental health for fourth semester ASN students at PA College and brings a wealth of experience to her role. She holds two master’s degrees and is licensed in both nursing and professional counseling. Lois notes that psychiatric and substance abuse nursing have been her passion since 1984. She has made it her mission to be an advocate for clients with a mental illness or substance abuse disorders, many of whom are underserved, without access to adequate resources or needed treatment. Lois shares that as a “seasoned” mental health nurse, she has encountered many situations similar to what she is teaching. Before sharing any of these experiences, she asks herself, “Will this example benefit student learning?” Lois enjoys teaching both theory and clinical, and is motivated by her students’ spirit and enthusiasm for learning. She adds, “It helps keep me young (at least in my mind!). Daily, I do my best to exemplify the vision, mission, and philosophy of PA College, to meet my own standards and gain the trust and respect of my students.”

Looking back over her career, Lois feels blessed by the opportunity to provide care and encouragement to clients and enjoys serving wherever there is a need. She has valued working in staff development and is proud of being a CPR instructor since the late 1980s. Lois shares, “After one course, one of my students saved someone’s life. Rewards like this are humbling, and provide the motivation to continue teaching.” As a community leader, Lois was recently honored to be inducted into the PA College chapter of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI). In February, she volunteered to serve with a medical team in Haiti. During that week, the team treated 724 clients with various medical needs. Following disasters in Sri Lanka, Jamaica, and Biloxi, Mississippi, Lois joyfully joined other medical practitioners to help meet the needs of many hurting individuals. Additionally, in 2007, she had the opportunity to teach various mental health topics to nurses, social workers, and local pastors at a hospital in Bangladesh. Lois also likes to help in the community where she lives. In 2005, she started a widow’s support group that has now grown to four groups.

Lois also enjoys singing with the One-A-Chord community choir, also known the National Day of Prayer choir. She loves time spent with her husband, children, many grandchildren, and more recently great-grandchildren. When she has a free moment, she and her husband like to escape to their cottage by the Juniata River in Mifflin County.

Student Spotlight

Katie Lapp ’19
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

“I decided to become a nurse because I want to make a difference in other people’s lives and I wanted a career that would challenge me each day,” shares Kali Lapp. Currently enrolled in our three-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, Kali chose to attend PA College to take advantage of this accelerated degree program. As a Lancaster native, she was also familiar with the College’s positive reputation in health care education. So far, Kali has most enjoyed the hands-on experiences at the heart of her studies – from utilizing the simulation labs to working directly with patients at Lancaster General Hospital. She looks forward to her rotations through different nursing specialties and the opportunity to hone in on her area of professional interest. In March, Kali was awarded the Central Penn Parent’s Healthcare Heroes Future of Health Care Award.

Kali lives in Lancaster with her parents and two younger siblings. She is getting married in July and looks forward to remaining in the Lancaster area with her husband and spending time with family and friends. In her free time, Kali likes outdoor activities such as hiking and lacrosse as well as travel. She also participates in community service events through the PA College Student Nurses’ Association of Pennsylvania. As she thinks about her future, Kali notes, “I am looking forward to learning many things here at PA College and becoming a nurse so I can help others.”