Area mom, judge adds nurse to her resume

December 16, 2013

From “Area mom, judge adds nurse to her agenda with a degree from CVTC” — Mindy Carothers-Harycki wears plenty of hats: mom, business manager, judge.

The 35-year-old Cornell woman on Tuesday will be able to add nurse to her list of titles.

Carothers-Harycki is among this semester’s graduates from Chippewa Valley Technical College, where she earned a nursing degree through CVTC’s two-year nursing program.

Carothers-Harycki said CVTC’s flexible class options made it possible for her to complete her degree without having to drop her other obligations.

“They’re all priorities in my life. My family comes first but education is also important to me…(CVTC) does a nice job of offering classes in different formats,” Carothers-Harycki said, noting she took a mix of online and in-person classes.

Carothers-Harycki didn’t need a new career. She already helps manage her husband’s construction company, Otter Creek Construction. She also has served three terms as the city of Cornell’s municipal judge, a part-time elected position, where she presides over traffic citations, municipal citations and other matters. She plans to continue in that role.

And Carothers-Harycki has an 11-year-old son and twin 7-year-olds, a boy and a girl. She graduated from Cornell High School in 1996, and earned a two-year-degree in business management from CVTC in 2002.

Still, becoming a nurse appealed to Carothers-Harycki. She liked the idea of working in a profession where she could have a positive and profound impact on others.

“And having my children, I really got to see what a difference nurses can make. And I had just recently lost my grandmother and had spent some time near the health care business. And then I decided to go back to school,” Carothers-Harycki said.

Danielle Ryan, a CVTC nursing instructor, said Carothers-Harycki has a talent for focusing on patient needs and listening to them. Those attributes are characteristics of a good nurse but listening and being empathetic with stressed-out patients is something young nurses can lose sight of while juggling their job duties, Ryan said.

“She is an extremely conscientious and a smart individual,” Ryan said.

Carothers-Harycki said she has hopes of working in a hospital or becoming a legal nurse, which would combine her interest in health care with her interest in the law. A legal nurse consults with attorneys on medical cases, insurance claims and other matters.

“It’s a nice combo,” Carothers-Harycki said.




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