US Nursing: Alaska


A nurse choosing Alaska for a career move will find that it was added as the 49th state in 1959. Initially settled during the gold rush era in the 1890’s, the state today enjoys growing numbers of visitors who primarily come to admire its spectacular natural beauty.

A nurse will become aware of a state that is full of breathtaking peaks, national parks, a myriad of islands, active volcanoes, three million plus lakes and half the globe’s glaciers, this remote wonderland may have a reputation for being pricier than other US states, but its remarkable sights rarely fail to impress adventurers. Nonetheless given its vastness and lack of roads, seeing its wonderful natural attractions can be a challenge. Many in the nursing profession focus on one region at a time.

From the interior’s sparkling summit of Mt McKinley, North America’s tallest peak, to the fish-hunting brown bears of Katmai National Park in the south, Alaska is a must-visit destination for anyone looking to get off the beaten path. This is also a place for clinicians to try their hand at unusual activities such as whale-watching in the southeast or dog sledding through the arctic north.

Options for getting between major locations are few and far between, with limited road and rail links, but the few drives and rail trips possible are certainly worthwhile for their magnificent scenery and stunning views. Nurses particularly note the train routes such as the Alaska Railroad, the White Pass and Yukon Route, and the scenic Dalton Highway.

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