Alaska is proud to offer a number of accredited programs for the nursing profession. Both the University of Alaska Fairbanks and Alaska's Institute of Technology offer certificates for nursing assistants, normally completed over the course of several weeks. As an entry-level position, nursing assistants receive a basic education in the field and earn $35,000 per year on average. Many nurses choose to begin their career in this way and gradually move on to more advanced positions.
A comprehensive listing of Alaska nursing schools. Below you'll find information on specific nursing programs such as licensed practical nursing, RN associate's degree, and bachelor's degree. You'll also find a profile of nursing education and careers in each major Alaska city.
Certified nursing assistants (CNAs) help registered nurses and licensed practical nurses with patient care, and assist patients with everyday needs like eating, bathing, getting dressed, and moving around. CNAs can also be responsible for monitoring basic symptoms, asking patients about their comfort and well-being, reporting any deterioration in condition to their superiors.
Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) assist physicians and registered nurses with general patient care, taking and recording vital signs, maintaining internal health records, helping patients with everyday needs, and keeping physicians and RNs apprised of patients’ changing comfort and well-being. LPNs often work in hospitals, doctors’ offices, extended care facilities, rehabilitation centers, private homes, and in many other environments, giving them great flexibility.
The extensive training and qualifications of registered nurses (RNs) makes them highly sought after for well paying jobs. In Alaska, the number of RNs has skyrocketed because more and more employers prefer to hire RNs over other types of nurses. For example, there are ten registered nurses for every licensed practical nurse (LPN) in the state. Not only are RNs in much higher demand than LPNs, but they earn an average annual salary of $83,370, while LPNs average $53,580. With that difference in job availability and pay, becoming an RN is the smart choice for aspiring nurses in Alaska.
In Alaska, there are many opportunities available to nurses at all levels, from certified nursing assistants (CNAs) to licensed practical nurses (LPNs) to registered nurses (RNs) to a number of specialty fields. Below you can see a brief synopsis of some of the opportunities available in the Anchorage area.
Certified nursing assistant