Hi, thanks so much for your post and for including the other post about living in Alaska. With our current living situation I am being forced to apply for the associates program, due to the distance that we are from any of the major 4 year universities here in the Houston area. That having been said, my goal at this point is to get my RN and apply for internship opportunities whether they are here in Texas or out of state. We've never had the intention of up and moving somewhere without a guaranteed internship or position. At this rate I will most likely be doing an RN to BSN program after I am able to obtain work. Just because it will save me some time and a lot of the hospitals offer tuition reimbursement so that you can obtain your bachelors.
Though we have never been to Alaska, it is more of a dream for us and if by some chance we are able to find work there then we'll have the opportunity to move there. We're trying to be as responsible and realistic about the idea as possible. Especially considering we have a 2 year old daughter.
But I can understand the hospitals there choosing to hire new grads from the schools that they know and trust, rather than putting time, money and effort into an out of state graduate that they would be taking a chance on. Especially considering that Alaska seems to be one of those states that tries to stay to itself and not get too involved with the lower 48. However, I had already contacted the director of internships at Providence and was treatly kindly and fairly and was given a lot of great information about the programs and the hospital. So I'm not really too concerned with the idea of being an out of stater considering applying. The way I look at it, if God intends for us to move to Alaska, then he will find a way.
Thanks so much for your post. I really appreciate it.