Patricia Michalak initially began her career in public service in 1999, obtaining her BS in political science. She changed gears after starting a family and earned her ADN in 2004. In 2015, she earned her BSN from Winston Salem State University while she worked as a floor nurse and then as an assistant nurse manager at Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center. In 2020, she became the nurse manager of a pulmonary progressive care unit within the same facility. She has served as chair and co-chair of multiple committees within the facility and currently serves as the chair of the nurse leadership council. In 2023, she graduated from the Master’s in Nursing Leadership program at Western Carolina University in North Carolina.