Associate to Bachelor’s: UAA’s School of Nursing is Answering Kodiak’s Health Care Needs

UAA’s School of Nursing is undergoing a two-year expansion project, with the Kodiak Outreach Site next on the list. Associate Professor Margie Mete has been charged with transitioning the site’s associate program to a bachelor’s program.

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Source: Associate to bachelor’s: UAA’s School of Nursing is answering Kodiak’s health care needs – Green & Gold News

Alaska College Revives Certified Nursing Assistant Program

(AP) — An Alaska college again is offering a certified nursing assistant program after struggling to meet the state’s Board of Nurses requirements for instructors.

The six-credit course was brought back to Kenai Peninsula College for the fall semester and was filled to capacity at 10 students.

The spring course already has four students going through the preregistration work for the class, said Audrey Standerfer, the college’s certified nursing assistant program adjunct instructor and Kenai River Campus Student Clinic coordinator.

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Source: Alaska college revives certified nursing assistant program | Alaska News | newsminer.com

TAACCCT State Profiles

TAACCCT_AlaskaProfileThe Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant Program (TAACCCT) is a $1.9 billion investment in more than 700 community colleges nationwide spanning 2011-2018. To find Alaska’s TAACCCT Profile, along with other states, click here or the above image.

Workforce Wednesday: Nursing

On this Workforce Wednesday, Daybreak takes a look at the career of nursing — which can almost guarantee a position if you pass the proper training.

Jeff Jessee, dean at the University of Alaska Anchorage’s College of Health, as well as UAA nursing director Marianna Murray, joined Daybreak to discuss nursing as a career. They say nearly 100 percent of UAA’s nursing-program graduates have found work in the field within a year.

“We have an associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree, an RN-to-BS bridge program, a master’s in nursing education leadership, family nurse practitioner, and then our doctor and nursing practice”, said Murray of the nursing programs offered at UAA. To apply for one of the programs, visit the UAA School of Nursing’s advising website.

Jessee and Murray say the U.S. nursing market is very open, as many health care facilities across the country are in need of educated, hard-working nurses. As far as pay, a typical nursing professional can make from $78,000 to upwards of $100,000 as a nurse practitioner.

If you need help getting started in a career in nursing, or any industry we’ve featured, email Martha Peck at the Alaska Process Industry Career Consortium.

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Source: Workforce Wednesday: Nursing – KTVA 11 – The Voice of Alaska

With an Impending Nursing Shortage, UAA’s School of Nursing Steps up to the Plate


UAA School of Nursing students suit up for operating room (OR) orientation. Courtesy of UAA School of Nursing.

In the United States, health care is one of the fastest growing job sectors in the country. According to the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics, in 2014, 11.8 million workers were employed in the health care industry, with 2.7 million of that workforce represented by registered nurses. With the average age of nurses being 50 or older, and 30 percent of that workforce preparing to retire, public and private health care organizations across the country, including in Alaska, are bracing for a nationwide nursing shortage.

It’s not the first time this has happened. The health care industry experienced a similar nationwide nursing shortage in the 1970s and ’80s as more women entered the workforce with alternative career options than the traditional nurse, school teacher or secretary that their mothers or grandmothers had.

Alaska has not been immune to these national trends and experienced similar shortages during the ’70s and ’80s along with the rest of the country. Briefly during the ’90s and early 2000s the health care industry in Alaska recovered. But with an aging nursing population heading into retirement over the next decade, Alaska’s health care industry is turning to Alaska’s university to lead the charge in educating the next generation of nurses.

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Source: With an impending nursing shortage, UAA’s School of Nursing steps up to the plate -The Cordova Times