Class of 2016: Emily Storkman, IUPUI
Apr. 27, 2016
Emily Storkman has packed a lot of memories into her IUPUI career. The Columbus, Ind., native will graduate in May from the School of Nursing.
Her academic success made her a big part of the IUPUI Honors College and earned her the school’s top female student award at this spring's Top 100 Student Recognition celebration.
"I have always had a passion for helping others, which drew me to nursing," she said. "I value the opportunities to apply academic knowledge and clinical nursing skills to improve the health, happiness and quality of life of those around me."
The field of nursing has taken her far.
"I enjoy volunteering and also traveling abroad to spend time in developing nations," said Storkman, who considers her study-abroad opportunity in the African nation of Swaziland to be one of her greatest challenges -- and greatest memories.
"I volunteered at one of the hospitals, ran health clinics in rural areas, spent time with children at the schools and helped out at orphanages," she said. "The children I came across inspired me to become a better nurse. The trip challenged my worldview, gave me an opportunity to make an impact abroad, and enabled me to grow both personally and professionally."
Once she has picked up her degree on Mother's Day, Storkman plans to remain at IUPUI to pursue a master's degree in nursing. Her goal is to become a pediatric clinical nurse specialist, and she's ready for the challenges involved in patient care. In fact, she will start a new job in the pediatric intensive care unit at Riley Hospital for Children this summer.
She eventually wants to work in a pediatric specialty clinic or in hospital administration as a manager or chief nursing officer.
"I enjoy working in a team, learning every day and giving back," she said. "There is no better career path to do all of those than nursing."