Jeremy Veldstra

No day is the same

ER nurse Jeremy has been a lifelong learner and teacher and loves that everyday in the ER allows him to learn something new.

portrait of Jeremy Veldstra, nurse at UC Davis Health


It's a second career for me. I was a high school science teacher prior. So back way up. My stepfather was a physician. My mother was a nurse and my stepmother was a nurse. So medical field runs in the family. Medical school was my ambition through college and spent a couple of years trying to get in. And it just didn't pan out. And so I needed to do something instead of sit around and figure out what I was going to do. So I got my teaching credential and taught high school biology, anatomy, physiology for three years. Was not my favorite job in the world. So I wanted to get back into the medical field. And nursing just seemed like an easy, quick transition. It ran in the family. So applied to Sac State, got in and the rest is history.

In nursing school this is what I wanted to do. Working at UC Davis was where I wanted to work. At that time, Life Flight was still the program here. And my goal was to hopefully fly, but other plans. So I'm a self-proclaimed adrenaline junkie. I don't sit still very well. In my own private life, I'm always up doing projects. I'm really involved in ski patrol. So I do prehospital medical stuff on the ski slopes, which is something I like. So this is a great compliment to my own natural personality. No day is the same. Every day is different.

I love to learn. And what I have figured out working here is that every day I'm learning something new. I've gone home and say to myself, "I don't know what else I could learn. I just saw the coolest trauma come in or the sickest medical patient come back to work a couple of days later. Something that's totally different." So from that aspect, I love the learning piece of it. I also like that it's an academic institution. I love to teach. So I get the opportunity to teach nursing students, work with the residents. That's why I like being here.