After 17 years in an acute care setting working as a respiratory therapist, Meredith Patey swapped operating rooms for the classroom, taking on a role in SAIT’s School of Health and Public Safety. Today she guides students through their practicums as they navigate the clinical requirements for the respiratory therapy program.
After graduating with a diploma in respiratory therapy from B.C.’s Thompson Rivers University (known then as Cariboo College) in 1994, Patey took a staff therapist role at Vancouver General Hospital, eventually working her way up to a leadership role. After moving to Alberta, she took on an anesthesia assistant role in Calgary ORs, while also working in the pulmonary function lab and tracheostomy clinic at Peter Lougheed Hospital.
Needing a challenge and change, she joined SAIT in July 2012 as an instructor in the respiratory therapy program. Now, 10 years later, she mentors students as they make the transition to practitioners themselves.
Patey is a peer reviewer for the Canadian Journal of Respiratory Therapy, equal surveyor for Accreditation Canada for Respiratory Therapy, director at large and treasurer for the College and Association of Respiratory Therapy of Alberta and served as chair of the Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapy’s annual education conference scientific program committee in 2021 and 2022.
If I wasn’t doing this: I love my job so much, but I love to travel, so maybe a travel critic.