Meet Pat Decator, RN, BSN, OCN

Pat is a Clinical Nurse IV in the Adult Hematology/Oncology Infusion clinic. She describes her role as one similar to an assistant manager.

Pat and Mirage
Pat with her horse Mirage

After graduating from Beth-El School of Nursing in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Beth moved to San Antonio, Texas where she worked for eight years in a Hematology/Oncology/Bone Marrow Transplant unit there.  

After her two children went to college, she moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and returned to college to obtain her BSN. It was there she met her husband Larry while caring for his sister, a leukemia patient who had undergone three bone marrow transplants.  A Michigan native, Larry wanted to move to a warmer climate, so they made their way to Pittsboro, NC. Pat has worked in the infusion clinic at UNC for 15 years!

“I'm not sure why I was guided to this work but I know it is the right fit.  I have met the most wonderful patients,” says Pat. “The gifts I get from interacting with them and caring for them is what truly inspires me.  It pushes me on and keeps me moving.”

“From the beginning, UNC promoted a warm atmosphere. I can’t begin to count the blessings,” says Pat. “My expectations of what is achievable have been surpassed over and over again. “

Pat and Larry live on a mini farm with a pet cow named Minnie Lu (who the vet says should be called Maxi Lu), dogs, chickens, and horses (their most recent addition is a Mustang who came from Nevada or Colorado).  They also raise Red Angus cattle for beef.