Introducing: Sr. Jen Kleyn

We are proud to introduce you to Sr. Jen Kleyn who is HART’s Registered Nurse, IVF Coordinator and IVF Theatre Manager.  Jen has been with HART Fertility Clinic since October 2016 and is an integral part of our team.

Jen is the first point of contact for HART patients; guiding them through their fertility journey, whilst offering essential information to ensure they always feel empowered and involved in their treatment. Jen is especially passionate about assisting patients to achieve their dreams of parenthood.

We were delighted to sit down with Jen, to find out more:

What is the most challenging & rewarding part of your job?

Working with couples battling infertility has really become my passion and I can’t imagine working in another nursing field again. 

The most rewarding part of my job is the successful delivery of a baby we helped create. I love getting pictures and birth stories from my patients.

The most challenging aspect of my job is finding the balance between empathy, understanding, reality and hope. I try to combine these aspects in my approach with patients to give them a rounded-out view of their journey and treatment; however, it’s always heartbreaking to receive a negative pregnancy test.     

Do you have any Qualifications / Personal Achievements you are most proud of?

I have a BCur degree with honours from the University of Johannesburg. I qualified in 2007 with distinction in Midwifery and Psychiatry. I’ve completed numerous trauma and advanced life-support courses during my career; trauma and emergency nursing was a big passion of mine in my younger nursing years. 

My community service was spent at Charlotte Mxakeke in Johannesburg doing a paediatric rotation in trauma, surgical, neonatal and orthopaedic units.

What patients may not know about you is that you are extremely creative – tell us more?

I love being creative! My creative outlet is usually in the form of planning my children’s birthday parties – I tend to go completely overboard with the details. Lockdown in March put a very sharp end to my plans for my daughters 1st birthday party. Luckily I made up for it with my son’s party in September. 

I love to bake and find pottery-painting incredibly therapeutic.

What else do you enjoy doing outside of work?

Spending quality time with my husband and children has become a big priority for me in this fast-paced world we find ourselves in. 

As much as I’m a homebody, I equally love hopping in the car and going on a little road-trip for breakfast or an ice-cream. I love plant/home décor shopping and it brings me great joy seeing my interior design ideas come to life. 

Favourite destination?

I can’t pick just one! But if I had to choose, London will always have a special place in my heart. Koh Samui in Thailand is definitely on the top of my favourite list too.  I have to mention ‘The Algarve’ in Portugal too – as it holds very dear memories for me.

What are your guilty pleasures?

True Crime podcasts – I’m addicted.  Hmmm… not to mention The Creamery ice-cream and a fine glass of wine.

What quote resonates most with you? 

Gosh, I have so many. However, my favourite right now is: “Not all storms come to disrupt your life, some come to clear your path”.

Find out more about Jen and our HART team now.