When Grant Adams moved to Birmingham, he knew there were many options in the area for employment. But for Grant, a registered nurse, there was really only one option – Children’s of Alabama. “Children’s has such a great reputation,” Grant said. “I knew that when I moved here, Children’s was the place for me.”

Grant, who’s originally from Kansas City, Kansas, joined Children’s after graduating from nursing school. He joined the very department he knew would fit him best – the Emergency Department (ED). “I knew all along that I wanted to be in the emergency room,” he said. “With my personality style, I knew it would be a good fit. You always have to be on your feet and you never know what is going to come through the door. It’s never dull and certainly not monotonous. It fits my personality well.”

Since joining the ED staff in February 2018, Grant enjoys helping each patient who comes his way, and he appreciates the camaraderie that comes with being in such a fast-paced environment. “You have to be able to think on your feet and prioritize well, but it’s just as important to work as a team player with the other nurses, doctors and providers to help care for everyone,” Grant said. “Every patient there is there for a reason, and it takes us working together as a team to provide the best care we possibly can.”

That team approach is one of the big benefits Grant has found after coming to Children’s ED. Grant not only trusts his team to assist with patients, but he is also at ease working with the doctors and nurse practitioners. “The providers in the Emergency Department are probably some of the most approachable in the hospital,” Grant said. “They are always readily available for anything we need, and they also make it known that they want to hear our thoughts and opinions. They respect us and our role, and they want to hear us out and work together with us.”

As a recent graduate, Grant appreciates that positive team approach because it has created a great learning environment for him to grow in his knowledge and expertise in the field. “My fellow nurses, the providers, the doctors and the management go out of their way to make sure you never feel that you are just out there on your own,” Grant said. “They make sure I’m comfortable and confident in everything I’m doing at work.”

Working in an environment that allows Grant to be comfortable and confident means his focus stays where it needs to be – treating each child who comes his way. “It’s an amazing opportunity to get to take care of children,” Grant said. “There’s something special about taking care of a child. And the atmosphere at Children’s— from the team approach and the support of those working around me to the great facilities —helps ensure that we are equipped to do that well. It’s a real blessing to work at Children’s and help the kids and families during stressful situations.”