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Leader spotlight: Laura Magstadt

With a 125-pound weight loss, academic studies in a PhD program and helping ATRMC weather a pandemic, Laura Magstadt has had an eventful year.

Laura Magstadt, RN, serves as the vice president of Nursing at ATRMC, a position she has held since November 2016. Before moving into management, she was an ICU staff nurse.

What made you want to move from bedside nursing to management?

The ability to influence positive change and bring out the best in others.

What accomplishment are you proudest of over the past year?

Over the last 11 months I have transformed my life by eating a (mostly) plant-based diet and started running. I’ve lost 125 pounds and feel amazing! And I started a PhD program!

Are you an introvert or extrovert?

Introvert! I need alone time to think and rejuvenate.

Laura with husband, John.

If you weren’t a nurse what would you be?

English literature professor.

What is something people may not know about you?

In 2011 I spent two weeks in Tibet. I drove from Lhasa to Kathmandu in Nepal in a Land Rover over the Himalayas. Trip of a lifetime.

Favorite movie: “Fellowship of the Ring” (“Lord of the Rings” trilogy).

In Tibet.

Favorite book: “A Prayer for Owen Meany,” by John Irving.

Favorite animal: Dog.

What’s the wisest thing anyone has ever told you?

A number of years ago the former CEO of the American Organization for Nursing Leadership, Pam Thompson, told me that if you feel 100% prepared for your next role, you are not pushing yourself enough. Sometimes the smartest thing you can do is take a leap of faith and trust that you have the skills and talents to be successful. Never stop learning, never stop growing.

Finish this sentence, “A perfect day is …”

Sitting with 80,000 fans at Lambeau Field in Wisconsin on a cold December day watching the Green Bay Packers win!

Laura Magstadt


  • MBA, health care administration, Walden University
  • Master’s in nursing, University of Phoenix
  • Bachelor’s in nursing, Edgewood College, Madison, Wisconsin
  • Studying for PhD in management and leadership, Walden University


Williams, in the beautiful Applegate Valley

Family: Husband, John, and two dogs (an Irish wolfhound and Great Pyrenees/Anatolian shepherd mix)

Community involvement

  • Board member, Northwest Organization of Nurse Leaders
  • Board member, Rogue Community College Foundation
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