Staff Spotlight – Richard Young, RN

Rich is a Specialty Nurse with Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes.

I started at UIHC in 1979 as an NA, completed my Nursing degree and started on Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant in January 1987. Remained on that unit after the merger with 3JCW. I transferred to Outpatient Pediatric Endocrinology in November of 2011.

My wife, Diane is a Nurse Practitioner in Gynecology, 2 sons, Graham is an Environmental Engineer with the Iowa DNR. Griffin is studying Electrical Engineering.

Preferred free time activities are reading and cooking. Accidentally discovered that the focus of my mid-life crisis is anime. It’s much more entertaining and cheaper than a Corvette.

I really enjoy where I am in Endocrinology. The entire Endocrine department is staffed with wonderful, dedicated, professional, funny, quirky and thoroughly enjoyable people. It is a pleasure and honor to be part of this team. Second career choice would be Astronomy.

I have not traveled extensively, but I do love New England. As a transplant from Chicagoland, I do appreciate the subtle beauty of Iowa. It is a special place, and each season has it’s appeal.

Favorite food: freshly baked bread. Restaurant: Nodo (all of the sandwiches, and brew city fries with garlic aoli) and Jimmy Jacks (everything on the menu).

Favorite sports team? Chicago Blackhawks, since the 1960s.

Favorite book or movie? Book: The Making of the Atomic Bomb, by Richard Rhodes Movies: Lawrence of Arabia, Seven Samurai. Anime: Hyouka Manga: Imperfect Girl, story by Nisioisn, art by Mitsuru Hattori.

One wish: Meaningful Health Care Reform.

I am one of the few people to sign up for Medicare and create a CrunchyRoll account in the same calendar year. Dr. Morgan knows what I’m talking about.

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