Kathy "KT" Needham

Kathy "KT" Needham, LPN

Pediatric Long-Term Care
ChildServe Center - Johnston
Johnston, Iowa
United States
N can count on having “kid” time with KT. Every day that KT is here, she tries to give N the time that all kids need, just to be silly.

KT has worked here for over 20 years.  Twenty years of dedication to our kiddos.  She has seen many kids come and go and holds a special place for each and every one of them in her heart.

There is one child, in particular, whom she has a very special bond with.  I would go as far to say that they are best friends.  If you work for an organization, or even if you are a visitor, I’m sure you have seen them “scoopin'” the halls.  It’s often hard to tell who is having more fun.  For a child who doesn’t have a lot of consistency in her life, struggles with complex medical needs, and is aware of everything around her, KT is her rock.  KT is someone N can count on.  N knows what days KT works, her hours, if she is on vacation, or if she is out ill (which is rare).  Every moment KT spends with N she focuses on making it fun.  They can be seen on their daily adventure to the 3rd floor, driving over bubble wrap in the halls, taking care of plants, racing down the hall in the stander, playing in the snow, swinging in the healing garden, playing in the leaves, playing with toys—the list goes on and on!  Every day, N can count on having “kid” time with KT.  Every day that KT is here, she tries to give N the time that all kids need, just to be silly.  KT does this because she wants to; not because it’s assigned to her or even expected of her.  KT goes above and beyond in everything she does and that includes helping N “just be a kid”.