Discover the Promise
“NAIT does an amazing job at preparing their students… NAIT establishes confidence in their students to back the skill set that they have learned.”
- Lindsay Beaudry ('09 Respiratory Therapy)
From a young age, Lindsay Beaudry always knew that she would end up at NAIT. Her father, a retired electrician, graduated from NAIT and remembers his time fondly. “He spoke very highly of NAIT, the alumni and the faculty,” says Lindsay. Little did Lindsay know that her time at NAIT would encompass one of the most challenging events in her life.
In 2008, at the end of her second year of the three-year Respiratory Therapy program, Lindsay was doing her rounds with a nurse at the Royal Alexandra Hospital when she experienced a sudden, debilitating pain in her head. “I actually thought it was something that had fallen and hit me, that’s how severe and localized it was.” She was rushed to the University of Alberta hospital under the care of neurosurgeon Dr. Michael Chow. They quickly identified the problem and performed an emergency craniotomy, in which a portion of the skull is removed to operate on the brain.
After recovering in the neurosciences intensive care unit, Lindsay returned to complete her diploma a mere four months later. “After my surgery, faculty members of the Respiratory Therapy department at NAIT were phenomenal in accommodating my specific needs to complete the program.” This included rearranging shift rotations so she didn’t have to work nights and giving her extra time to complete her academic studies.
Lindsay’s clinical instructor, Sean Easton, says that all the credit belongs to her. “Most people would probably throw in the towel for a period of time,” says Easton. “But that wasn’t what Lindsay was going to do – she was going to persevere.”
Lindsay was hired by the University of Alberta hospital in 2009 and, as fate would have it, started working in the intensive care unit where her life was saved. Dr. Chow was thrilled when Lindsay joined their team. “She will probably be the only patient that I’ve ever operated on that I see on a day-to-day basis, working alongside me,” he says. “It’s very gratifying to see that.”
Lindsay is now in a career that allows her to serve her community and provide care to others experiencing similar serious health concerns. Through NAIT, she acquired the skills to succeed in a high stress environment and her personal experiences have made her appreciative of the opportunity she has been given. “I truly feel that it is my calling to work with some of the people who helped me recover from my surgery,” says Lindsay. “They are a phenomenal group of individuals who help me on a regular basis to have the courage to continue doing what I’m doing.”