For Pat Montemurro, the decision to become a nurse didn’t come as much of a surprise; her mother was a nurse, her aunt was a nurse and she had cousins who were nurses.
But she knew she didn’t want to be at a desk all day or do the same thing day in and day out.
When it came down to it, though, Montemurro said she was motivated to pursue that career path because she always wanted to help people.
Montemurro said she worked as a nurse full time until shortly after her oldest child was born. She then worked part time as an intensive care nurse and in-home health for a few years after that; she even substitute taught during that time and owned The Wonderberry Tree from 2006 to 2011.
But Montemurro found herself drawn back to her nursing roots and eventually made her way to the Family Health Partnership Clinic as a clinical manager, which entails staff management along with patient care – two areas of nursing that she loves, she said.
As long as some of Montemurro’s days are – and they can be really long, sometimes about 12 hours a day – she said she truly enjoys what she does and never likes to leave work if there still are people in the clinic.
“I honestly never dread going to this job,” Montemurro said. “I never get up and think, ‘Ugh, I have to go do this.’ ”
Suzanne Hoban, executive director and Montemurro’s supervisor at Family Health Partnership, said Montemurro has brought in a fresh look at everything, especially when it comes to being a driving force in developing the clinic’s mobile health program for the homeless, refining its opioid reduction program and always making sure the clinic exceeds expectations in health care standards.
Hoban said Montemurro “always give 150 percent” whenever she undertakes anything.
“[Montemurro] puts her entire heart and soul into what she does,” Hoban said. “She has excelled at being present, working with her staff and building up a very strong communal feel with our staff.”
Montemurro’s husband, Mike, said she has always been tirelessly committed to helping others – not just through her job, but in making sure that their kids and her siblings are OK and always have what they need.
“It’s just her outlook on life, that she looks out for others more than herself,” he said.
It’s that sense of duty that makes it hard for Montemurro to consider herself or others as actual heroes – though there are definitely people in her personal and professional life that she deeply respects.
“It’s so wonderful to be acknowledged like this, but you’re just doing what you think everybody would do,” Montemurro said.