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

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

  1. 4 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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  2. 12 Comments

  3. Visit  tewdles profile page
    #1 9
    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. Visit  smilealot profile page
    #2 1
    Nice! I kinda like white.
  5. Visit  PacesFerryBSN profile page
    #3 1
    You all make me want to go to Alaska!
  6. Visit  Scooby-Dooby-Doo profile page
    #4 1
    I second PacesFerry. I'm curious to see what's out there.
    What's a "fish finger" anyway? (not the food)
  7. Visit  aachavez profile page
    #5 0
    Im also curious what fish finger is....

    Im looking at travel nursing, with a strong interest in AK (in Tampa now), Im excited!
  8. Visit  amoLucia profile page
    #6 0
    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. Visit  Nonetheless profile page
    #7 0
    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. Visit  rotteluvr31 profile page
    #8 1
    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. Visit  ToniDaTyga profile page
    #9 0
    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. Visit  toomuchbaloney profile page
    #10 0
    Nah...in August we are still wearing shorts and flip flops, it rarely snows much before October below the arctic circle and below 7000 ft.
  13. Visit  toomuchbaloney profile page
    #11 0
    As far as I am aware, "fish finger" is an infection secondary to handling fresh fish with bare hands
  14. Visit  kagarciaRN profile page
    #12 0
    As an endoscopy nurse, I found myself getting called in for salmon, caribou, and moose meat food bolus. Gross!

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