FAIRBANKS — Lifelong Fairbanksan Kinzea Jones is the 2018 Interior Region EMS Educator of the Year.
This award is given to the educator who displays initiative, leadership and dedication to emergency medical services training and helps to improve the Interior Alaska EMS system.
Every year, the Interior Region EMS Council recognizes individuals who have performed their services in a special way. The council also recognized Nenana Fire Chief Joe Forness as Provider of the Year and Chalkyitsik Emergency Trauma Technicians Team as the Service of the Year.
Last year, five students graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage’s distance-learning nursing program through the Chukchi Campus. Scott West, 29, of Kotzebue, was one of them. His passion for nursing runs deep; he’s always appreciated the field and was inspired to enter it after he found himself facing an emergency situation with little access to help. The Sounder spoke with West about his career path.
Last month, Kotzebue’s Savannah Saġainiq Jones, 21, became one of the region’s newest registered nurses. She, along with four other students, including fellow Kotzebue resident Tiffany Scott, earned her associate’s degree in nursing from the University of Alaska Anchorage and was recognized at a ceremony.
Read the interview with Jones about her academic achievement and hopes for the future.
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.