Salute to Nurses
Plainfield nurse Slavomira Sutter cares for ICU patients, spreads love through missions
Slavomira Sutter, a former Brownsburg Bulldog, is a registered nurse who now lives in Plainfield.
Born in the former communist Czechoslovakia, now Slovakia, she came to the U.S. at age 3. She’s always known she wanted to follow in her parents’ footsteps in the healthcare field. Even though they spoke little English, they put themselves through college, both pursuing medical degrees.
Sutter graduated with an LPN in 2005 from Ivy Tech Community College, and five years later graduated from Excelsior College and obtained her RN license.
Sutter has worked in the Ascension St. Vincent Indianapolis ICU since 2012 where she cares for critically ill patients, many of whom currently battle COVID-19.
She is also a wife, mom of three and an entrepreneur. She is passionate about helping others and has been on several medical mission trips to Mexico. She is co-founder of J&S Organics, a local elderberry syrup company.
Sutter also enjoys group exercise classes, in particular, cardio-dancing, as well as hiking, biking, kayaking and playing board games with her family.
With National Nurses Week May 6-12, the ICON wants to thank Sutter and all of those who tirelessly care for patients.
What do you consider your greatest virtue? I always try to see the best in everyone and tend to play devil’s advocate.
What do you most deplore in others? People who abuse our government and health system. It’s set up to help others but is so frequently taken advantage of.
What do you like most about living in Hendricks County? The people. I love the community and the way we all come together.
If you had to live elsewhere than in Hendricks County, where would it be? This is tough. I lived in Chicago for a few years and absolutely loved it. I’m drawn to all of the people, the noise and the fast-paced life. I’d say I’m a city girl at heart, but then there’s the beach. The sound of the crashing waves, the smell of the ocean breeze, and the soft sand between my toes is just heavenly. Yep, the beach it is.
If you could begin life over, what would you change? Not a thing.
If money were no issue, how would you spend it? I would definitely take more mission trips. I have been on four mission trips to Mexico. I want to explore other countries and spread the love of Jesus to them.
What makes you happiest? I love hearing my kids laugh and just spending quality time with them and my husband. Family time is my favorite.
What is your favorite vacation spot? We travel to Destin, Fla., quite frequently. Any place with a beach is my favorite! The most incredible beach I have been to though is in Iceland. It had black sand and what looked like diamonds spread all along the coast. It was the most amazing trip I had ever been on, and I highly recommend it to anyone who hasn’t been there.
What do you do with idle time? Ha! Idle time, what’s that?
What is it that makes you angry? Well, currently it’s seeing people protest the closing of the country and reading comments on social media about how COVID-19 isn’t real. I’m working on the frontlines and watching countless families say goodbye to their loved ones. I’m working harder than I’ve ever worked before to save a life just to come back and find out they have lost their battle. Husbands and wives, parents and children are coming into the hospitals together and leaving alone. Healthcare workers are dying saving others. This virus is real and the effects of it are devastating.
What do you do to escape from reality? Crosswords and watching rom/com/drama on Netflix.
What or who is the greatest love of your life? My husband, Joel. He has all of the qualities that I ever wanted in a husband and more. He’s a loyal, honest, humble, extremely patient, God-fearing gentle soul that makes me laugh till I pee and just makes me a better person.
Which living person in Hendricks County do you most admire? There are so many moms, administrators, teachers, officers and friends that I admire here. I’m truly blessed to have met so many wonderful people in our county and am proud to call this place home.
What is the quality you most like in a man? The quality I like most in people, male or female, is kindness.
What is the quality you most like in a woman? See above.
What is your greatest extravagance? I’m pretty simple and frugal. Extravagance is wasteful spending of money. I’d like to think I don’t do that.
What are your fears, phobias? Losing a child is one of my biggest fears in life. I know that God will walk alongside me if that were to ever happen, but it’s still one of my biggest fears, and I hope and pray I will not ever have to go through something like that. Parents shouldn’t have to bury their children, and my heart goes out to all of those who have.
What has been the happiest time of your life? When we took our kids to Disney World. It was truly magical. (No, I was not paid to say that, and you’re welcome Disney).
Which talent would you most like to possess? I wish I could make things out of wood. There are so many things I would love to make for my house, particularly furniture.
What do you most value in your friends? I have the BEST group of friends. We are always there for each other. When someone has a need, we all jump up to help out.
Which historical figure do you most identify with? I’m not much of a historian.
What is your greatest regret? Going to a community college and not getting to live the “campus life.” I was young and in a relationship that kept me from wanting to move away.
What tenet do you live by? Every day is a gift.