Elaine Young

Born in Dubuque, IA
Born on Feb 25, 1937
Departed on Jan 9, 2020

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To the family, friends and nursing colleagues of Elaine, Words seem inadequate to describe Elaine's many wonderful contributions to clinical excellence in caring for individuals, their families and friends requiring critical care. At a time of changing landscapes in healthcare, unprecedented challenges and boundless opportunities, Elaine's consistent, high-quality leadership touched many minds and hearts with competence, compassion and continuous learning for all to be successful and improve patient outcomes and their quality of life. Also, she mindfully empowered multidisciplinary colleagues to share their knowledge ~~ for she had mastered the art of raising good questions to advance critical thinking and 'best practices'. Her contributions to our sacred profession of nursing were significant and can only be received as "gift". Thus, It is only fitting that God would called her home in beginning a new decade and as the Year of the Nurse begins. In prayer and care from a friend & colleague ~~ Sr. Maurita

Elaine was an amazing woman, gifted in so many ways, and an inspiration to those who knew or worked with her. As volunteer historians for St. Luke's, we interviewed her about her early nursing experiences. I have a copy if any of the family or friends would like a copy. I think one of the finest tributes came from a student (now a nurse practitioner) who said she was his inspiration for patient care: He worked closely with her and greatly admired her knowledge and skill. Once she stopped as they were working on a patient and said, “I take care of each patient like he’s Jesus Christ, and he is!” What an amazing attitude, one that inspired many more beyond this student. I feel so fortunate to have had a chance to know her.

John and I are sorry we won't be at your service, Elaine. We know you are in the arms of Our Lord and not hurting any more. We love you so much.