Alumni Success Story: Emily Veneklase ’13 ’15

With a true passion to make a difference, alumna Emily Veneklase ’13 ’15 feels that her job is the perfect fit for her! As a nurse, Emily is excelling in her dual role as a Stroke Program Coordinator and Nurse Educator at Metro Health Hospital.  She said, “I found my niche in healthcare working as an educator, ensuring staff has all the necessary training and resources that they need to provide the best care for our patients.” Learn more about Emily and her passions below.

Tell us about yourself, Emily!

I have always loved school and have a passion for healthcare. Growing up, I knew I wanted to be a nurse. When I got a taste of the quality and educational-side of the nursing field in my internship at Spectrum Health, I found my niche. I combined my passions and earned my first degree from DU in nursing in 2013 and my masters in nursing with a concentration on education last fall. Currently, I work at Metro Health as their Stroke Program Coordinator and as a Nurse Educator.

Why did you pick DU?

Davenport is in my blood. Both of my sisters and I went to Davenport. When it came time to find a college that I would feel comfortable and be successful, Davenport was the right choice for me. I liked the small town, community feel of the W.A. Lettinga Campus. I felt at home.

In a nutshell, what do you do?

I worked as a nurse at Metro Health for three years before I got my new role. I now have dual role at Metro as their Stroke Program Coordinator and as a Nurse Educator. The two different positions fit very well together. As the Stroke Program Coordinator, I ensure all accreditation and training standards related to stroke care are implemented. I work with nurses, physicians and staff to meet standards and patient care criteria. On the flip side, as a Nurse Educator I manage nurse continuing education and help them learn about the latest industry standards and best practices.  We have such a great team at Metro! I love it there!

Why do you do what you do?

I want to make a difference. I truly love helping people and when you have a great staff, like I do at Metro, it is easy to have passion for healthcare.

What advice do you have for DU recent grads?

Get out of your comfort zone and make connections with people. I would highly advise trying something new. You never know where you are going to meet people and find your passions.

What do you do when you are not working?

I spend a lot of time with my family and friends. I enjoy going to the beach and trying new restaurants.

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