Anchorage Hospital Nursing Culture

  1. I am strongly considering making a move to Anchorage to be closer to my adult children. I have no other reason to leave my current position. I love the people I work with and for and am a long term employee. I am trying to find out what I can about the culture at Providence, HCA and Tribal hospital? My anxiety level raises the closer I come to actually giving my notice 15+ years is a lot to walk away from and I sure am open to hearing about these hospitals.
    Thank you so much
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  2. 4 Comments

  3. by   knurse10
    Hello. I have not personally worked for ANMC, but have worked in partnership with them through another IHS care organization. It is a very different model of health care as far as it's systems go... It would take some getting used to on your part. Generally, the people who work for IHS organizations in Alaska are very dedicated to supporting the health of native people. Alaska natives are a very challenging, yet rewarding population to work with.

    ANMC has mediocre reviews online from previous employees; most comments seem to complain about management. IHS nationwide has a pretty dysfunctional referral system at times. It is similar to the VA.... Again, a huge learning curve for someone who is not familiar with it.

    I'm not sure where you are moving from, but living in Anchorage, or Alaska in general, is a culture shock in itself. It truly is the last frontier regarding cost of living and housing availability. I'm sure your kids have told you all about it.

    I'm not sure if I would recommend for or against working for ANMC. It just depends on whether or not it would be the right fit for you. Best of luck.
  4. by   knurse10
    Hello. I have not personally worked for ANMC, but have worked in partnership with them through another IHS care organization. It is a very different model of health care as far as it's systems go... It would take some getting used to on your part. Generally, the people who work for IHS organizations in Alaska are very dedicated to supporting the health of native people. Alaska natives are a very challenging, yet rewarding population to work with.

    ANMC has mediocre reviews online from previous employees; most comments seem to complain about management. IHS nationwide has a pretty dysfunctional referral system at times. It is similar to the VA.... Again, a huge learning curve for someone who is not familiar with it.

    I'm not sure where you are moving from, but living in Anchorage, or Alaska in general, is a culture shock in itself. It truly is the last frontier regarding cost of living and housing availability. I'm sure your kids have told you all about it.

    I'm not sure if I would recommend for or against working for ANMC. It just depends on whether or not it would be the right fit for you. Best of luck.
  5. by   Whatsinaname
    People either love or hate Alaska. I came 20 years ago and love it. If I had to choose a hospital to work at, I would take Alaska Regional for the caring attitude. If you are into a competitive atmosphere, pick ANMC since they strive to keep their Magnet status. Providence is just a big place. Its big and pretty competitive. There are always a lot of jobs for skilled nurses up here. Have you visited up here?
  6. by   Momma O
    Hi
    I have visited 3 times over the last year and am now coming up again soon to see winter. I fell in love with Alaska the moment I saw it, so much so I acquired an Alaska Nursing lic right away. I live in California where it rarley rains and 32 is really freezing, the sun shines all day almost everyday. My greatest fear is ice/snow, I am a dry lander, lol. Then my next concern is the culture at the hospitals. I can tell you in my town which hospital has the best culture and that is the one I am leaving, none of our hospitals are Magnet. A year ago I met with the CNE of Providence and the Directors for the department I was looking at both Providence and HCA. They all seemed very genuine and caring, but that was one meeting with management I know my anxiety comes from leaving the known going to the unknown. But I have seen hospitals and systems that are just cancerous and am trying to avoid those situations.

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