The following is an email submitted by Jenna Gonillo to the GeneseeSun.com for publication. The attitudes and ideas expressed below should not be interpreted as the opinion of the GeneseeSun.com.
I have had the pleasure of working with Patti Lavigne since 2012 in critical care at Strong Memorial Hospital. At that time, Patti was one of the only nurse practitioners (NP) in the medical intensive care unit (MICU). As a former floor nurse new to critical care, I was always impressed with Patti’s grace under pressure, communication skills, and ability to coordinate a large team. When I became an NP in 2015 and started working alongside Patti in the MICU, I was lucky enough to have her as a preceptor. She was everything I had observed as a staff nurse and more! Unwaveringly calm in the face of critical situations, Patti succinctly stated the problem, gathered the resources, and took definitive action for our patients that needed immediate assistance. Watching her gave me the confidence that I would eventually also be able to have the same poise during critical moments of patient care.
I consider Patti to be one of my mentors because she gives me honest, fair feedback about my work. She can give constructive criticism in a supportive way, and I believe it’s because it comes from the heart. In the MICU Patti and I work with many new residents, bedside nurses, and NPs. She communicates the patient plan clearly to them and will field any question that a team member may have. Patti also uses these skills to teach the Fundamentals of Critical Care course each year.
Patti’s dedication to effective team work, communication, and education will be assets as she serves on the Geneseo Town Council. I have been fortunate to work closely with Patti and know that she will utilize the same leadership skills on the Town Council.