When you’re just starting your career, you can get a high school diploma with a diploma in nursing

A high school student from Perth’s Murray Valley High School has found a way to get a college degree.

The 17-year-old from Macarthur is studying nursing at the University of Western Australia (UWA) to pursue a degree in nursing.

“I’ve got two years of university, I’m studying my nursing course, and then I’ll take a couple of weeks off to go to the UWA,” she said.

“So I’ve got a bit of time to look for a job, get a foot in the door, get some experience.”

Ms Crane has applied to work in an emergency department.

Her mother, Dr Jenny Crane, said the experience was unique.

“It’s definitely different to other nursing students who do a lot of unpaid work, and the nursing experience in general is not very well-received by the nursing community,” Dr Crane said.

Dr Crane said the new college diploma was a first step in her future career.

“We are trying to give the opportunity to young people in a way that gives them the skills and the experience they need to get into a career in nursing,” she added.

“Nursing is not a career path for everyone.”

Dr Crane, who has taught nursing at UWA for 10 years, said it was important for young people to find jobs.

“The nursing community is very supportive of young people, particularly the nursing students,” she explained.

“They have the potential to get an internship or a job that could pay well and make a difference in their lives.”

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