Chris Beaudet ’05Endocrinologist Nurse Practitioner
Ever since Chris Beaudet was a young boy, he knew he wanted a career in medicine. “My mother said I would walk around the house saying I was Dr. Beaudet. When it came time to start my training, my mother, who is also a nurse, steered me towards nursing because of all the opportunities. Mom was right, and I have had a very rich and fulfilling career so far,” remembers Chris.
When researching nursing programs, Chris determined that the Colby-Sawyer College nursing program could set him on his destined path. He liked that the program was very well-regarded and accredited and most of the clinical rotations were done at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC). He immediately felt that CSC was a great fit for him. He fondly remembers Professors Joan Huber and Renee Vebell. He says, “Professor Huber taught pharmacology and pathophysiology and was a tough but fantastic teacher. I credit her for filling me with all of the knowledge I would need to be successful. Professor Vebell was a professor who took me under her wing, and built my confidence to deliver the best care to my patients.”
While at Colby-Sawyer, Chris was involved in many activities, including the CSC singers, the Cross Cultural Club and the Student Nursing Association. He also served as a resident advisor and a campus safety dispatcher. Between his studies and vast array of extracurricular activities, he found time to date his college sweetheart, Gwen O’Neil Beaudet ’05, whom he later married.
One of Chris’ fondest memories of being a student include the night the Red Sox beat the Yankees and won the World Series. He recalls, “Everyone ran out to the quad screaming and celebrating. I was somewhere between celebrating, and playing my role as a student leader, helping Campus Safety and Resident Education keep everyone safe during the celebration.”
Chris currently work as an endocrinologist nurse practitioner at Southern New Hampshire Diabetes and Endocrinology in Nashua, NH. He lives in Merrimack, N.H. with his wife, Gwen, son, Camden, and daughter, Gabriella. He loves being a nurse and making a difference in people’s lives. He says, “Nursing is not always about saving a life, managing diseases and tending to the ill. I find some of the most powerful experiences I have had in my career have occurred by doing the simplest things such as sitting and listening to my patients, and letting them know that I care about them. I also have found a passion for leading, teaching and mentoring others. I hope to one day begin teaching at a local nursing school so I can continue to train and mentor the next generation of nurses.”