The sun has barely risen most days before Katie East hits the road to one of her many roles – as a nurse practitioner candidate at Brisbane’s Redlands Emergency Department, a clinical nurse at Gold Coast Emergency Department and as an emergency nurse at Southport Watchhouse treating prisoners in custody.
Before leaving, she walks the dog and may even surf. “Work-life balance is important,” says Katie, for on top of all that, she holds several roles within the College of Emergency Nursing Australasia and travels around Australia teaching trauma to nurses.
“Nursing has given me the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. I wake up every morning excited.”