I'm new to this board so first I'll introduce myself.
I'm 20 years old, turning 21 in a month or so, and am currently engaged. I do not attend college, but that is because I'm trying to save up for it now(I'm going to have to put myself through it.)and I got sort of side tracked coming out of high school.
The reason i'm here is to learn more about becoming a nurse.
I also have a few questions.
My goal, something i've wanted to do for years, is to become a rural nurse, preferably in northern Alaska/Canada and to work with the Inuit.
It's also one of my fiance's goals as well.
But the other day I was thinking about something related to this, and it caused me to worry a bit.
So here's my question, hopefully someone can offer me some help with it.
Will my fiance and I have much trouble finding jobs where we work at the same place?
I know that where I live now(central Maine) most places don't like to hire family members of their employees and I'm not sure if that's something that would include nurses.
The reason it's a problem is because the areas I'd like to go tend to be fairly small and the only nurses are employed by the government.
It's not that we're desperate to work at the same place, it's more that I don't know if there'd be much of an option.
So basically that's my problem.
Hopefully someone can help me with it.
Also, I'm wondering if anyone has any stories about attaining jobs in Canada under NAFTA, what it was like and how the process would work if I decided I'd like to stay...would I have a decent shot of gaining permanent residency?
I've read a lot about the pro's and con's of nursing, listened to people complaining and telling me not to do it; it's not worth it they say. But this is what I want and I'd really appreciate if those pessimists or other who don't enjoy their career would refrain from trying to bring me down. I'm set on this. If I end up hating it; then that's ok. But I want to find out on my own.
I don't mean to sound harsh when I say this either.
Aug 27, '02
We need nurses here in Alaska !!!
Neither one of you should have any trouble finding a job at a facility but sometimes there is only one position offered in the village clinic. You could work a deal out with the village coucil to hire the both of you as a team, you might have to split the work schedule. Check with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, or Indian Health Service they always have nursing positions open and they will work with you, sometimes they will even pay back loans for school if you work for them in one of the villages (esp nurses). You sound like someone with a good head on their shoulders. If you want to go up north to Barrow, east to Ft Yukon, or out on the islands to Dutch Harbor, the pay is great but the area is very cold and wet and isolated.
Get some exposure working with the culture before you jump into this though. Its a long ride home if you find out later you don't like it. It can be a 180 degree change of life for some.
Don't let me scare you though, I do love it up here, the people are great and really take you in when they get to know you. If you are an outdoor peson you will love it. I work with a new grad nurse from Boston who loves it here. She lives in a log cabin and loves her life. I am trying to recruit you, can you tell.
Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium call 800-528-6680 or go online at www.anthc.org
Indian Health Service at www.ihs.gov
Last edit by Mama Val on Aug 27, '02