Staff Spotlight – Kristen Surom, BSN, RN

Kristen is a Nurse Coordinator in the Division of Medical Genetics and Genomics.

I just started in this position on July 1, 2019. My background is in Family Medicine, and I worked at the Scott Boulevard Clinic in its former location from 2012 to 2014.

I have five kids and three stepkids, so eight is enough! My husband Clay is the nurse manager for Telemedicine at the VA Hospital. Our kids range in age from 24, 22, 22, 20, 18, 18, 14, and 12.

I feel like I’m still unpacking from my move back to Iowa City at the end of June, but I enjoy biking (I have a streak of biking every day since January 1, 2014) and other outdoor activities, knitting, reading, baking, going to kids’ events, and home improvement projects.

I’ve always been fascinated by rare diseases and genetics, so when this job opened up I leapt at it! I even brought a genetics textbook I had purchased on my own to my interview which I think cemented the deal. My 14-year-old daughter is intellectually disabled, so we had been to the Division of Medical Genetics and Genomics as a patient before too!

Most fascinating place I’ve visited? In high school I was a science nerd, so I was in the science club and we took trips over the summer across the US and Canada in a school bus packed with kids and their supplies. I’ve been coast to coast in Canada, but Banff National Park of Canada is exceptionally beautiful. We went sliding on the glaciers up there.

Favorite meal or restaurant? I’m a much more adventurous eater than most of my family, but anything that somebody else makes and cleans up after! I’m not really picky, I like it all!

I don’t follow any sports, but I like watching the sports my kids play.

I’m not much of a movie person, it’s hard for me to sit still for that long. Lately I’ve been reading “The Gene” by Siddhartha Mukherjee because I’m more of a nonfiction kind of person.

If I had 3 wishes, they would be for quality healthcare access for all, success and health for my family, and an infinite supply of wishes.

Fun fact: I won second place in a Trading Places contest on TLC in 2008. I won a Kodak printer, point and shoot camera, digital photo frame, and other photo supplies.

I started in healthcare in 1996 as a medical transcriptionist and decided to go back to school to become a nurse after becoming a single mom of five kids. I accomplished that and also earned my BSN, but I still transcribe on the side as a home business because it’s so interesting.

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