new grad moving to AK - page 2

Hi all! I am currently in nursing school looking to move to Anchorage after I graduate. I was wondering if anyone knew of job availability, and how easy it would be to get a job. I would like to end... Read More

  1. by   northernmel
    Hi meg816,

    I realize this is an older post, but thought you might have some info. I'm wondering what the current job situation for new grads is like these days in Fairbanks or anywhere in AK for that matter. I moved from Fairbanks to enroll in an accelerated BSN program and will graduate this December. I am hoping to move back to AK but hear mixed reports on job availability for new grads. Since I am interested in rural health, I would like to work in a remote location. Just not sure I have the experience being a new grad. Would appreciate any advice!
  2. by   epijunky
    a nurse can make six figures?
  3. by   canadian_girl75
    I am currently working as an RN in Anchorage in PICU and float to NICU. I did have experience when I came here but I know there were quite a few new grads who were hired recently. There is going to be a huge expansion happening in the NICU also.

    I would submit your application anyway you never know what can happen. Nothing ventured nothing gained as the old saying goes. There is a gloabal nursing shortage and while hospitals would love to have experienced nurses the simple fact remains that the only way for nurses to gain expericence is to be employed. Most places realize this fact and as a result have programs in place to hire new grads and orient them. After all there used to be a time when a new nurse couldn't even think of getting into critical care without 2 years experience now they are hired directly into the units and trained accordingly.

    Good luck and don't get yourself down..apply everywhere you think you might want to go and then choose from the offers you do recieve. Alaska RN license has a very short turn around if you apply through endoresement. Mine took like 3 weeks.
  4. by   northernmel
    Thanks for your response and words of encouragement! I applied for a few jobs in Kodiak and have been in touch with the recruiter for ANTHC. Some places have told me not to even apply until I have a license, which I won't have until late January after I take the NCLEX. I've also heard from a recruiter that it's pretty competitive in Fairbanks, and tough for new grads to find work. So it sounds like there are positions available in Anchorage?

    I'm curious, guessing from handle, you are from Canada? Is it difficult for U.S. RNs to obtain a license in Canada? I would love to someday work in Nunavut.