Victoria Hospitals Foundation: Why did you decide to pursue nursing?
Lindsey West: I decided to purse nursing because my mom is a nurse and I admire her in every way. I liked the idea of being there for patients and helping them through difficult times—being there when they may be at their worst but also being there to celebrate their successes (big or small). When it comes to nursing as a profession, there are endless possibilities and always an opportunity to learn something new.
VHF: How would you describe your role?
LW: In CVU, it is the nurses’ role to help the patients navigate the unknown waters of post-open-heart surgery. This entails admitting them when they are still sleeping and critically ill and following through to waking and extubating (removing the breathing tube). We are always sitting close by and ensuring their safety as their body adjusts to the surgery. We provide them ongoing education on post-open-heart surgery care. We are an integral part of the multidisciplinary team and we do everything within our power to keep you safe.
VHF: What is your favourite part of your job?
LW: The patient population and the ability to critically think—always learning and developing skills. The heart is fascinating!
VHF: What do you wish people knew about being a nurse?
LW: How much love is poured into our profession, how much nurses truly care about their patients’ well-being and outcomes.
VHF: Who or what inspires you?
LW: My mom: she is an amazing nurse, literally top quality. She is kind, gentle, and a wealth of knowledge.
VHF: What’s your favourite activity outside of work?
LW: Spending quality time with my family: beach dinners, afternoon hikes, or being lazy on the couch!
VHF: What would you say to donors to our hospitals and people thinking about giving?
LW: Your donation is so important to how the hospital and units function. It allows us to dive into advanced technology, learn new things, and ensure our patients receive the best care possible.