You know you're a nurse in Alaska when...

  1. thought this could be a fun topic and people could share their experiences about living and working in AK... for example

    You go from being a new grad to charge nurse in three months.

    Your hospital runs on generator power more often than not.

    The patient you just triaged has a complaint of "fish finger"

    A patient just brought you some smoked salmon.

    The patient explains the reason they are late to their appointment because "well the plane crash landed in a village and we had to wait for another one to arrive".

    Another reason to be late "we stopped to fish along the way"
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  3. by   tewdles
    You know you are an Alaskan nurse when you keep a .44 in your nursing bag to protect yourself from the wolves, moose, and bears in your patients yard.

    I just got a brand new shiny Smith and Wesson...should the holster be white or pink?
  4. by   smilealot
    Nice! I kinda like white.
  5. by   PacesFerryBSN
    You all make me want to go to Alaska!
  6. by   Scooby-Dooby-Doo
    I second PacesFerry. I'm curious to see what's out there.
    What's a "fish finger" anyway? (not the food)
  7. by   aachavez
    Im also curious what fish finger is....

    Im looking at travel nursing, with a strong interest in AK (in Tampa now), Im excited!
  8. by   amoLucia
    Funny post - my sister worked in Maine. Had a lot of fish bites and/or fishing hook injuries there. Maybe that's the answer?
  9. by   Nonetheless
    At first I looked into Alaska as a last resort because the job market sucks where I am-- but this stuff sounds exciting.

    I now find myself dreaming of the rugged Alaskan life (lol I probably sound completely ignorant about Alaska).

    Who knows, I may end up in Alaska and fulfill my fantasy of being a super outdoorsy adventurer who sees cool things at the hospital as a nurse and saves lives.
  10. by   rotteluvr31
    You know you're an Alaskan nurse when the only way to see your patients for a home visit is by ferry or plane.

    Or the trip includes a snow machine or four-wheeler, depending on the season.
  11. by   ToniDaTyga
    You know you're in Alaska when you are wearing a North Face jacket, a rabbit fur Mad Bomber hat, and Carhartt cold weather gloves in August.
  12. by   toomuchbaloney August we are still wearing shorts and flip flops, it rarely snows much before October below the arctic circle and below 7000 ft.
  13. by   toomuchbaloney
    As far as I am aware, "fish finger" is an infection secondary to handling fresh fish with bare hands
  14. by   kagarciaRN
    As an endoscopy nurse, I found myself getting called in for salmon, caribou, and moose meat food bolus. Gross!