Having always had an interest in surgery, Patricia A. M. Cardillo, RN, LPN, LNC, has dedicated herself to a career that allows her to help others. She began her career at the age of 16 as a certified nursing assistant and has since gone on to achieve certification as a registered nurse and a licensed practical nurse. Her nursing education has also included an associate degree from the Community College of Rhode Island, a bachelor’s degree in nursing and psychology from Rhode Island College, and certification as a legal nurse consultant. As a result of her extensive education, Ms. Cardillo has been able to utilize her wealth of knowledge to be an advocate for patients in various aspects of the health care process, providing health care, legal and psychological counsel and guidance.
Following the receipt of her nursing certification, Ms. Cardillo worked with a nursing pool before becoming a nursing manager for obstetrics and gynecology services. From there, she joined a local hospital in Providence, Rhode Island, where she served as a registered nurse in the telemetry, oncology and medical-surgical departments. She has also spent time as a scrub technician and an operating room nurse. For more than 30 years, she has been a senior registered nurse, licensed practical nurse and legal nurse consultant with Rhode Island Hospital. In these roles, Ms. Cardillo is responsible for overseeing the daily operations of two operating rooms in the Rhode Island Hospital system.
Looking toward the future, Ms. Cardillo hopes to establish her own legal nurse consulting business. As a legal nurse consultant, she acts as a mediator between the fields of law and health care. Her expertise as a nurse mean that she can better understand issues of malpractice and other forms of medical negligence than a lawyer, who would be less familiar with the medical field by necessity. Ms. Cardillo’s ultimate goal is to be an advocate for patients in addition to providing legal support to the people who work in the nursing field.
Having achieved much over the years, Ms. Cardillo attributes much of her success to her dedication, determination, practicality and love of what she does. Throughout her career, she has been motivated by her confident and determined mindset, which allowed her to develop a clear picture about what she wanted her life to be. She considers the most crucial lesson she has learned over the years to be the importance of patience and compassion. Noting that if you don’t have compassion for your patients, you won’t be able to communicate with them effectively to resolve their issues, Ms. Cardillo emphasizes the importance of being dependable, respectful and a good listener.
Ms. Cardillo cites her greatest mentor as her mother, who was an accomplished jewelry designer and lived to be 95 years old. Greatly inspired by her mother’s motivation and work ethic, she also greatly benefited from her mother’s encouragement and guidance. Today, she feels as though much of her excellence as a nurse can be traced back to the many amazing qualities of her mother’s that she inherited. To young and aspiring professionals, Ms. Cardillo would pass on the advice that you have to really want to do something in order to excel at it and that, as a nurse, you have to be empathetic, disciplined and willing to make sacrifices.
Alongside her primary responsibilities, Ms. Cardillo has contributed her skills to a number of other professional endeavors, including the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the National Shrine of St. Jude. She also maintains membership in the Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses in order to keep abreast of new developments in her field. For her excellence, she has been recognized among Who’s Who of Professional Women, as a Marquis Who’s Who Top Professional and with the Marquis Who’s Who Humanitarian Award. Above everything, Ms. Cardillo hopes to be remembered for the qualities that made her an outstanding professional as well as for her role as a team leader who always led by example.