Jean Currier LaValley - Decades of Nursing


Right after high school, I attended Mercy Hospital School of Nursing until 1968. Upon graduation, I married Gerald LaValley.

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Jean Currier LaValley, 1965

From 1969 to 1972, we had three daughters – and as of today have 6 grandkids – there’s two boys living in Maine; a boy and a girl live in Virginia, and two girls live in New Hampshire. Time has gone by so quickly, as they are all graduating/graduated and moving on to college.

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Four generations - Jean Currier LaValley, daughter Tina, granddaughter Autumn, and great granddaughter Sky

My nursing career has taken many directions over the past half century, with me finally retiring last year. I started in the Emergency Room at Farren Memorial in Turners Falls and moved to shift supervisor, a position that ended in 1972. From there, I spent the next 25 years in home health care in the Franklin County/Springfield areas. Then I sold my home after a divorce and moved to Townsend, Vermont to manage a B&B for 3 years.

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Jean Currier LaValley as Secretary of the Future Nurses at GHS

A phone triage job convinced me to move to Keene, NH to work at Cheshire Medical Center. From there, I went back to school to obtain a certification in Case Management, along with a degree in Paralegal Studies. This additional training brought me to a Case Manager position at a tertiary hospital, Dartmouth Hitchcock in Lebanon, NH.

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Jean with Great Grandson Rydian

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Jean's Happy Place -- Block Island

In 2002, I was hired I was hired by Anthem Blue Cross and stayed in that role until I retired in 2017. Now, I devote more time doing medical/legal research and volunteering as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for neglected children in New Hampshire.