I am a junior in a BSN program and I will be graduating in May 2011. I have long dreamed of living in Alaska and I believe getting my RN will allow me to explore living there. I've heard it is easy for new grads in the lower 48 to get hire at Providence in Anchorage. Is this generally true? I believe Anchorage is where I want to move to. Are there other good employment options for RN's from the lower 48?
I am planning to visit there this coming summer. Are 4-5 days sufficient to see a lot and get a feel for the place? Any advice on what to do while I'm there?
Also, I will be moving as a single parent. I have a three yearold and am a little nervous about moving away from my family support structure. Is childcare adequate in the Anchorage area? How would one arrange childcare before moving? Are there normal activities for kids to do up there like there are in the lower 48? sports, school activities, etc. Are kids shut in all winter when it gets too cold? How are the schools? I am sorry if I am asking a lot of questions. Moving as a single parent is my biggest concern with regards to moving to Alaska. I can't wait though!
If I move, I will be moving with a 4X4 truck towing a small trailer. I think that should be sufficient for the Alaskan highway.
Any advice is welcome...
Thanks in advance.
Edit: Is one able to secure an apartment lease before the move if a job is secured? What is the best way to find an apartment there when you aren't able to physically view them in person? Basically I want to make sure I have a place to stay before I get there.