It’s one of the most in-demand professions in the country and Alaska is no exception. The Alaska Department of Labor estimates the state will need an additional 1,141 registered nurses by 2026.
Marianne Murray, director of the University of Alaska Anchorage School of Nursing, said the demand for nurses is increasing as the state’s population ages.
“One of the reasons why is because Alaska has what we call a ‘silver tsunami’ which is, our population is aging,” she said. “And of course, with an aging population, we have an increase in health care needs.”
Murray said UAA is actively working to help fill the gap for health care workers, especially nurses. The nursing school offers both a four-year bachelor’s and two-year associate’s degree in the profession. Although, realistically, Murray said the associate’s degree takes three years to complete.
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Source: UAA looks to expand nursing school to help with increasing demand for nurses in Alaska – KTVA