Katie Duke, a 2004 graduate of Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College, will make her primetime television debut on ABC’s News Medical Documentary “NY Med” on July 10th, 2012.
Duke is a nurse in the emergency department at New York Presbyterian Hospital, the busiest emergency room in New York City, and she has seen it all. Now everyone can see the insane day-to-day life of an ER nurse through Duke’s eyes.
Living by the mottos “deal with it”, and “everything worthwhile takes sacrifice”, Duke does not see the chaos or challenges in her job as hindrances, but as opportunities. The opportunities to change lives and to help fix people, or at least teach people how to fix themselves, are just a few reasons why Duke loves being a nurse. Another reason is that she knows patients get to go home with their loved ones at the end of the day because she is an “awesome nurse”.
The confidence Duke has in her nursing abilities comes from her time spent at Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College. She feels that Goldfarb gave her realistic clinic experience and taught her the fundamental skills that she uses every day.
“The instructors always expected the best,” says Duke. “The college has a big mission and the professors have big hearts. I learned a lot about nursing and about myself while in school. I stopped underestimating what I could do in my life and started dreaming.”
Now Duke’s dreams are becoming reality. Not only is she attending Columbia University for a Masters degree as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, but she is a part of a documentary that will show viewers the real side of nursing. Duke is excited that viewers will get to see what it really takes to be a nurse. The knowledge, bravery, grit and emotions are all there – the good and the bad – but it’s real and Duke can’t wait to share it all with America.