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National Nurses Week

Happy National Nurses Week!

In honor of National Nurses Week, we interviewed Mary Cotter. Mary is a private duty nurse who also works in the nursing skills lab at Gateway Technical College in Kenosha. On top of her two jobs, Mary is the new mother to her baby girl Sky Cotter.


Mary started her career off at Gateway receiving her associates to then go on and get her bachelor’s from Chamberlain Nursing School. She didn’t begin at Gateway, intending to be a nurse, but once she found out the variety and options she had within nursing, she pursued her newfound dream. She bridged out in 2009 and passed her boards as a Registered Nurse (RN) in 2011.

Mary now works with one private patient who needs one-on-one, 24-hour care. Mary also works in the nursing skills lab at Gateway helping nursing students practice their skills before going out on their own on the clinical floor. This skills lab is as close to a hospital setting as you can get so that the nurses are prepared for whatever is in front of them when working in a real hospital.

Although there are many challenges when being a nurse, Mary said that finding a job where she can provide the best personal patient care was a struggle for awhile.

“Finding a job where I could focus on one patient and what care is the best for them, was my goal,” Mary said.

That is why private duty nursing is what she is pursuing and loves doing now.

She loves that being a nurse can take you down so many different paths. She loves the variety and flexibility nursing offers. Being a nurse means you can be focused in one field or department but also have the opportunity to transition to concentrate on another area.

A big sigh and an immediate follow up of “Passing my boards!” came from Mary when we asked her what her biggest success to date in her professional career was. She explained that although you go to school for many years to be a nurse, that doesn’t automatically mean that when you graduate you are an official RN. You have to pass your boards to become a certified nurse. She explained how rigorous the testing process was and how happy she was that she passed on her first go-around.

Mary’s loves banking at Educators Credit Union because she feels like it’s a part of her community.

“It doesn’t feel like a big corporate business,” Mary said. “It’s much more local!”

She loves having a branch right up the street and knowing the people who work there.

Educators Credit Union encourages you to reach out to your nurses and thank them for all that they do. If you are looking for a creative way to show your nurse appreciation, head over to the Educators’ Pinterest page and check out the nurse appreciation board.

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