Travel Nursing in Alaska

by Howard Gerber on August 31, 2017

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AlaskaWhen you think about working as a travel nurse, you might consider locations, such as New York, Florida, and California. Although those states are popular places for travel nurses, they are not the only options. One state you may not have considered is Alaska.

Alaska can be an excellent location for your next travel assignment. There are lots of opportunities for adventure, exploration, and relaxation. Most nursing jobs will be in the larger cities. But on your days off, there is plenty to do. If you want a different type of adventure, consider making Alaska your home for the next 13 weeks.

Before you get going, consider some of the following answers to common questions about working in Alaska:

What cities do travel nurses work in?

Alaska has great wilderness areas and remote villages. But it also has cities where you can find typical urban life including museums, arts, and nightlife. If you’re working as a travel nurse, you will most likely find assignments in cities, such as Fairbanks or Anchorage. There are also hospitals located in Juneau and Kodiak. If you’re looking for more remote locations, keep your eyes open for jobs at small hospitals and clinics.

How cold does it get?

It gets cold! But just how cold it gets in Alaska depends on the time of year and part of the state you’re in. The southern part of Alaska sees winter temperatures in the single digits or less. Summer temps may be in the 60s. Cities, such as Fairbanks, tend to have colder winters than Anchorage, but warmer summers. The cold weather can take a little bit of time to get used to for some people, but the fresh air and beautiful scenery often make up for the colder temps.

Is it dark 24 hours each day for some of the year?

The number of hours of daylight in Alaska depends on the part of the state you’re in and the time of the year. The further north you go, the less daylight you have in the winter. In the winter, Fairbanks only has about three and a half hours of daylight each day. But you can also expect the opposite in the summer. Fairbanks sees about 22 hours of daylight each day.

What can I expect to earn?

According to a wage report by the Glassdoor, salaries for nurses depends on the city, your specialty, and years of experience. Earnings tend to be highest in Fairbanks, Juneau, and Anchorage.

What recreational activities are there?

There are all types of recreational activities in Alaska. For example, you can find great biking including the Coastal Bike Trail. There is also plenty of opportunities for fishing, kayaking, and hiking. If sightseeing is something you’re interested in, consider a visit to Denali National Park or Kenai Fjords National Park. You can also travel off the beaten path to one of the many remote towns and villages that have a population of around 100.

Are there many travel nursing assignments in Alaska?

It’s difficult to say how many nursing travel jobs there are in Alaska at any one time. Like any state, the need for nurses may fluctuate. But if you’re interested in a travel nursing assignment, keep your eyes open. Jobs are out there!

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