Quote from ashlie2144
Oh ok. Is there a decent amount of nursing jobs out there? I'm sure I will end up working on base but what about ltc and places like that?
My hubby is stationed at Elmendorf and I graduated from UAA so maybe I can help some? Anyway...UAA is the only RN program in Alaska. If your prereq's are done, getting into the ADN program might not be a big deal. The ADN program uses a "ranking" process based on points. So, if you have a decent gpa and have completed all prereq's, you should be pretty close to the top. HOWEVER, the ADN program only starts in the fall....once a year. So, they actually accept less students per year then the BSN program. Honestly, the answer to which program will be fastest will depend on a lot of things and your best bet is to talk with the SON advisors. AVTEC does have an LPN program. But, like someone said, not many jobs for LPN's. But they also have a bridge program (LPN to RN) with UAA and AVTEC that might cut down on wait times.
As for working on base.......don't be so sure you will end up working there. Unless you are planning on joining the military yourself. They don't have that many civ. positions....and they aren't big on hiring new grads when they do hire civ. The job market isn't any worse up here then in the lower 48. Actually....we are leaving in a few months and the job prospects in the available states is dismal and has me worried. I love my job (at prov) and I love it here so I am not wanting to leave, lol. But, we are hitting our 8 yr mark *sniff*. There is a huge need for experienced nurses up here. New grad demand waxes and wanes pretty regularly though so it is going to be a crap shoot. I know some of my fellow classmates got jobs at Regional and Native as new grads (this was several years ago though) but I am not sure how they work. I know prov has a good deal of "internships"...which are great training opportunities for new grads...but they are all pretty competative.
Good luck with your move. If I can help with anything...just give me a holler.