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Jeremiah Galvan

Jeremiah Galvan
Clinical Manager – Critical Care
Gundersen Health System

1900 South Ave., La Crosse
La Crosse, WI 54601

Website: www.gundersenhealth.org

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Jeremiah’s childhood consisted of travelling the world due to his father being in the military. After high school, he spent a couple years in Florida in the pursuit of one of his childhood dreams. While there, he met the person who eventually became his wife and the mother to their three wonderful and crazy daughters. At the end the Floridian adventure, the decision was made to move back north and La Crosse was the city lucky enough to become their residence. At that time, like most in early adulthood, Jeremiah was trying to figure out his place in this world and what he was meant to do. This led to him bouncing around jobs for a few years with stints in retail, communications, food services, and entertainment. And then, in 2008, while in the midst of a quarter life crisis, a friend suggested that he become a nurse. The path was clear from there. He quickly became a CNA and began working in a local nursing home. While there, he attended Western Technical College and obtained his ADN in 2011. He was then hired as a new grad into the ICU at Gundersen Health System (GHS). While learning how to care for some of the sickest patients in the community, he continued to pursue his Bachelor of Science in Nursing, obtaining this from Viterbo University in 2012. With schooling completed, he became highly involved in improving practice and the milieu in the ICU, as well as the system as a whole. This work, as well as his own practice, resulted in him receiving the Rookie of the Year – Nursing Excellence award in 2013. Around this same time, he began to take on formal leadership roles in the ICU, such as charge nurse and preceptor. Then, in 2014, Jeremiah became the clinical manager of the 24-bed multi-specialty critical care unit at GHS. He has been in that role since and has collaboratively worked to ensure all patients and families who find themselves on the unit receive the best care possible. Additionally, he is involved in many system-wide initiatives. When he is not at work, he is probably hanging out with friends and family or volunteering somewhere in the community. He is currently attending Viterbo University in pursuit of his Master of Arts in Servant Leadership.

Healthcare has been a hot topic for many years now. Just do a search of healthcare and you will be inundated with links to articles about policies, markets, and shortages. What you won’t see, unless you dig, are the pieces about the awesome work many healthcare providers are doing to improve the health of their communities. Jeremiah Galvan, the clinical manager of the ICU at a nationally recognized hospital, will discuss what it means to be a nurse, whether that is at the bedside, in a boardroom, or outside the walls of a hospital. He will also share his story as it pertains to the pursuit of becoming a nurse and the transition to practice.