Kim Adler looks after families with newborn babies at King’s, in a department that specialises in caring for infants with a variety of complex surgical problems. She tells us about her typical day at work, and why she loves it so much.
What is the name of your role?
Which part of King’s College Hospital do you work in?
The Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
What does a typical day look like for you?
My role is slightly unusual as a main part of my role currently is to manage the Nurse Led Clinic which promotes early discharge of babies who have been admitted to the Newborn Intensive Care Unit. This intervention allows us to send babies home sooner with additional support to ensure that they thrive at home. My typical day would involve a blend of work for the clinic (supporting parents and babies in the early days after discharge and liaising with the community support) in addition to providing support to the other teams I manage (both nurses and volunteers).
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I enjoy the interaction with the families and the teaching aspect of my role. I love that through the clinic, we can make the transition to home a smoother one and offer the family a link to the unit while they are adapting to life at home with their new baby.
Which part of your job is most challenging?
The most challenging part of my job is balancing my time so that I give each family the support they need while still providing an effective service.
What is your favourite thing about King’s?
The way the employees stick together and support each other through the good and the bad. It’s like having a second family at work.
What’s your proudest achievement in your career to date?
I’m not sure if I have just one, but every time I see a baby going home with their family after a long journey in the NICU, I remember why I chose this career and I’m extremely proud of what I do and proud to be a member of this team.
What do you like to do outside of work in your free time?
Outside of work, I love to travel, to read, to relax and to spend time with my family!
Name one thing that the patients might not know about you.
I have been in the UK for 18 years, but I am originally from Ohio in the USA.
If you could only take one thing to a desert island, what would it be and why?
A friend for company!