Alaska has some of the best hospitals in the country. The big problem though is the perennial shortage of nurses in Alaskan hospitals, as it seems less nurses are inclined to work in the frigid environment. There is, therefore, a wide range of employment opportunities for nurses who want to practice in the chilly environment of this northwestern state and avail of the wide array of employment benefits available. Nurses in Alaska can earn substantial living while providing health care service to the population of the largest, in terms of territory, but the least populated state in the country.
Alaska hospitals offer Registered Nurses an average annual income of $80,570, a starting salary that is significantly higher than the average annual salary for nurses in the U.S. It is estimated that more than 90% of Alaska nurses make a triple-figure annual income. The higher income of nurses more than compensates for the remote access and higher cost of living in the state.
The demand for nurses in Alaska is so high that those who get certification or degree in nursing can expect to be employed immediately and be compensated very well although the work assignment may involve air travel and remote locations in the vast and cold environment with a mix of urban and rural settings.
Nurses in Alaska can choose to be employed in any of the top hospitals for nurses in the sate:
- Providence Alaska Medical Center
With 371 beds, more than 500 physicians and almost 800 nurses, Providence Alaska Medical Center is the largest hospital in the state of Alaska. Providence Alaska Medical Center includes The Children’s Hospital, the Maternity Center with Level III Neonatal Intensive Care, Heart and Cancer Centers, the largest Emergency Department in Alaska with air ambulance transport, and other diagnostic, rehabilitation, surgery, mental health and substance abuse services.
The hospital’s latest annual data showed that it had admitted more than 16,000 patients, had more than 69,000 emergency room visits, more than 5,000 in-patient and almost 8,000 outpatient surgeries.
Providence Alaska Medical Center is managed by the Providence Health & Services in Alaska. Providence Health System, employing more than 3,000 health care workers, is Alaska’s second largest employer. The Joint Commission of Hospital Accreditation granted accreditation to Providence Alaska Medical Center. The American College of Radiology accredited the hospital’s Radiation Oncology Department while the American Academy of Sleep Medicine accredits Providence Alaska Medical Center’s Sleep Disorder Center.
Nurse Benefits at Providence Alaska Medical Center
Nurses employed at the Providence Alaska Medical Center enjoy a generous salary and benefits package, which include the following:
- Medical, dental, and vision health plan package
- Life Insurance
- Dependent Life Insurance
- Long Term Disability program
- Employee and dependent health care flexibility spending account
- Vacation, sick, bereavement, military, family medical leave of absence
- 401 (a) retirement program
- 403 (b) value plan
For information or possible employment, nurses may contact:
Providence Alaska Medical Center
3200 Providence Dr.
Anchorage, Alaska 99508
- Alaska Regional Hospital
Alaska Regional Hospital, located in Anchorage, Alaska, is a general medical and surgical hospital with 250 beds and medical staff of more than 550 doctors from different fields of specialties. The hospital started in 1963 as the Anchorage Presbyterian Hospital, a joint venture between the Presbyterian Church and some local physicians. Anchorage Presbyterian Hospital was renamed Alaska Regional Hospital in 1976 and moved to its current location on DeBarr Road.
Alaska Regional Hospital has been serving the medical needs of the state of Alaska for more than 50 years. It joined with HCA in 1994 to provide the people of Alaska access to advanced medical resources provided by one of the country’s largest health care provider. It is the designated Shriners clinic facility in the state, providing monthly free immunization clinics to school children.
Alaska Regional Hospital is a non-military hospital but is equipped with a landing strip for its LifeFlight Air Ambulance that transports critical care patients to its Emergency Department.
Qualified Nursing Staff
Alaska Regional Hospital is involved in a continuing effort to hire and retain highly qualified nurses and other health care professionals. It is investing in its nursing stuff through comprehensive, evidence-based residency programs, as follows:
- A New Graduate Registered Nurse Residency program offered to new nurses with less than 6 months of work experience
- The Nurse Transition Residency program offered to nurses with one year or more work experience
Nurses and other professional health care workers employed at Alaska Regional Hospital enjoy a generous benefits package that include:
- Medical benefits
- Dental plans
- Vision plans
- 401(k) plan
- Long-term disability coverage
- Life insurance for employees and their dependents
- Flexible spending accounts
- Paid time off that includes an extended illness bank
- Tuition reimbursement
For information and possible employment, please contact:
Alaska Regional Hospital
2801 Debarr Road
- Fairbanks Memorial Hospital
Fairbanks Memorial Hospital is a 217-bed general medical and surgical hospital located in Fairbanks, Alaska. It is one of the hospitals that service the health care needs of the population of the state, especially in and around Fairbanks. Recent latest year survey data showed that the hospital had more than 35,000 patients visit in its emergency room and more than 5,000 admissions. The hospital performed more than 1,000 inpatient and almost 4,000 outpatient surgeries
The people of Fairbanks through the Greater Fairbanks Community Hospital Foundation own Fairbanks Memorial Hospital. It has been providing health services to the community of the greater Fairbanks for more than 40 years. The hospital is operated by the nonprofit health care system Banner Health.
Fairbanks Memorial Hospital is a recipient of several awards for its outstanding health care service, such as:
- Mountain-Pacific Quality Health Care Achievement Award
- The American Hospital Association Carolyn Boone Lewis Living the Vision Award
- Modern Healthcare Trustee of the Year Award
- The American Society for Healthcare Engineering of the American Hospital Association’s Vista Award for New Construction
Staff as Heart of the Facility
Fairbanks Memorial Hospital offers a work environment that gives value to both professional and technical excellence. It aims to provide the highest quality health care to the community by recruiting and retaining a professional and qualified staff.
Recognizing that the nurses are the ‘hearts’ of any hospital, Fairbanks Memorial Hospital offers a breadth of career options for nurses in its employ. The hospital provides opportunities for all kinds of nurses – registered nurses, clinical directors, nurse specialists, nurse educators, nurse researchers in critical care, and nurses in different specialties.
The hospital invests in their nurses by providing them training to enable them to safely and confidently deliver excellent patient care. Nurses are given the opportunity to improve themselves through a continuing education program that allows them to enjoy the following benefits:
- Continuing clinical education
- Tuition reimbursement
- Scholarship programs
- Other educational benefits
The nurses employed at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital enjoy above national average compensation package including a very generous benefits package.
For information or employment opportunities, please contact:
Fairbanks Memorial Hospital
1650 Cowles Street
Fairbanks, Alaska 99701-5998
- Alaska Native Medical Center
Alaska Native Medical Center is a 150-bed general medical and surgical hospital located in Anchorage, Alaska. It is an acute, specialty, primary and behavior health care provider that serves the medical needs of the Alaska native and American Indian people in the state. The hospital offers a full range of medical specialties, primary care service and laboratories. It works in partnership with Alaska’s rural health facilities in supporting a broad range of health care services. The hospital also operates the Quyana House, a 108-bed facility for out-of-town patients.
The Alaska Native Medical Center is owned and managed jointly by the Southcentral Foundation and the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. The two organizations managed the medical center through a Joint Operating Board.
Health care services for Alaska Native people were provided beginning in the 1940s by the U.S. Indian Health Service. In 1953, the Anchorage Medical Center of the Alaska Native Service was established in Anchorage, Alaska. The medical center was built to provide health services to the Alaska Native population who were suffering from a huge epidemic at the time – tuberculosis.
In 1998, the Alaska Native Medical Center transitioned into complete ownership and control of the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium and Southcentral Foundation.
A Hospital for Nurses
Alaska Native Medical Center, managed through the Joint Operating Board of Southcentral Foundation and the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, offers its nurses and other healthcare professionals a salary package that is above the national average and generous benefits package that include the following:
- Paid leave and 12 paid holidays
- Payment of certification or licensure
- Scholarship program
- Education leave program
- Retirement program with employer contribution
- Malpractice insurance coverage
- Comprehensive employee and family medical, dental, hearing, vision, and drug prescription plans
- Short-term and long-term disability insurance
- Life insurance
- Accidental death and dismemberment insurance
- Employee assistance and wellness program
- Employee recognition program
For information or employment opportunities, please contact:
Alaska Native Medical Center
4315 Diplomacy Drive
Anchorage, Alaska 99508-5926
- Central Peninsula General Hospital
Central Peninsula General Hospital is a 49-bed general medical and surgical hospital located in Soldotna, Alaska. It is a full service hospital that serves the people of the Central Kenai Peninsula. The hospital offers services that include private patient rooms, four surgical rooms, dedicated C-section room, family birth center, laboratories and imaging centers, and a 24-hour emergency department.
Central Peninsula General Hospital is staffed by more than 80 physicians from different medical specialties and support staff of nurses and other health care professionals.
Central Peninsula General Hospital is a non-profit, borough owned facility operated by the Central Peninsula General Hospital, Inc. It is administered by CPGH, Inc. and operated through a lease and operating agreement with the Kenai Peninsula Borough.
Nurses and other health care professionals working at Central Peninsula General Hospital receive salaries and benefits that are competitive with other health care organizations in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. Employees receive the full range of benefits which include the following:
- Medical, dental, and vision insurance plans
- Employee and dependent life insurance
- Generous paid time off
- Retirement benefits
- Short-term disability insurance
- Dependent care and medical spending account
- Continuing education with educational assistance
- Wellness program
- Credit union
- Cafeteria meal discounts
For information about possible employment at Central Peninsula General Hospital, please contact:
Central Peninsula General Hospital
250 Hospital Place
Soldotna, Alaska 99669-6999