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Colorado student races to become a nurse as pandemic surges

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PUEBLO, Colo. (KRDO) -- Raina Ward, a student from rural Southern Colorado, has been inspired by frontline healthcare workers fighting the pandemic. Now, she's working to become a nurse as quickly as possible.

After her freshman year at high school, the Saguache resident decided she wanted a more focused learning experience that would help prepare her for the future. She's enrolled in Colorado Destinations Career Academy (CODCA), a career-focused online public school.

Ward says she's decided to follow in her mom's footsteps to become a nurse while taking pharmacy tech, EMT training, and anatomy classes. Ward also works night shifts at a local hospital to get hands-on experience.

The student is applying for the CSU Pueblo Nursing Program and hopes to work in nephrology.

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