You never know what can set you on the path to discovering your perfect career. When 18-year-old Brittaney Johnston found herself in hospital following a car accident, she never imagined it would lead her to exploring a career in nursing. 

Like many high school students, Brittaney wasn't sure what she wanted to do when she finished school. But after a car accident landed her in hospital for a month she quickly became interested in the people taking care of her.

Brittaney said the care and comfort the nursing staff gave her played a significant role in her recovery.

“I had some really amazing nurses look after me and they really impacted my stay in hospital which made it more bearable,” said Brittaney.

“In hospital I had a lot of time to think about my future and what career path I wanted to take. No matter how many times I thought of something else like a teacher or even a mechanic, I kept coming back to nursing.”

Being only 16 at the time and still in high school, Brittaney had a few years before she could start a nursing degree at university. But she was eager to kick start her career so she looked into the TAFE at School program.

Now the Year 12 student has already completed a Certificate III in Health Services Assistance (HLT33115) and is half way through a Diploma of Nursing (HLT54115), all before finishing high school. 

“I was so ecstatic when I discovered that I could start my career in health while I was still in school. It was the best way to gain the fundamental skills and knowledge to ensure it was really the career path I wanted before committing to a university degree,” said Brittaney. 

“The TAFE at School program enabled me to complete a work experience placement within an aged care facility. It quickly showed me the concept of working in the fast paced health industry and taught me how to be a proactive team player.”

Brittaney is on track to complete her diploma in nursing by the end of the year.

“Having that diploma under my belt will enable me to work as an enrolled nurse to support myself through university next year while I attain my bachelor in nursing.”

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