Living and Working

US Nursing: Alaska

A nurse moving to Alaska will normally find themselves in Anchorage where adventure and modern life go well together. A nurse can even go ice climbing before work and skiing on one of the hundreds of trails during a lunch break from the hospitals. A meal can be enjoyed at a world-class restaurant and nurses can easily sample the entertainment of a Broadway show. Alaska’s largest city offers nurses all the conveniences of urban life without compromising on solitude, adventure, and open spaces.

Nurses find that Anchorage has character, here people play hard and work hard exemplifying a frontier entrepreneurial spirit. This translates into plenty of opportunity for everyone. Anchorage may be considered a small city in numbers of people, but it is a big economic contender in the cargo, transportation, and oil industries. Nearly 20 years of uninterrupted growth have brought abundant jobs in construction, healthcare, oil and retail.

Many nurses, particularly those from warmer climates worry about the weather, however Winters aren’t so bad. Anchorage actually has a warmer climate than other cold-weather cities like Chicago and Minneapolis because it’s on the ocean. With an ice skating rink in the heart of the city and groomed ski trails readily accessible, winter is a wonderland, especially for kids. US nurses find that Summers embrace fishing, hiking, biking, swimming, scenic driving, and abundant wildlife.

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