Perseverance Led to Degree for Kotzebue Nurse

Scott West stands with his wife, Flor Maria, his son, Benjamin, and his daughter, Leah. – Courtesy of Scott West

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.

Read the interview here.

Source: Perseverance led to degree for Kotzebue nurse – The Arctic Sounder

Kotzebue Woman Earns Nursing Degree

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.


Source: Kotzebue woman earns nursing degree – The Arctic Sounder

How Do You Recruit More Young Alaska Native Nurses? Start By Giving Them A Stethoscope.

More and more programs have sprung up locally to familiarize students with trades and professions in the hopes of getting more Alaska Natives employed.

That’s what the University of Alaska Anchorage did 20 years ago for Alaska Native nurses. The program is called RRANN: Recruiting and Retaining Alaska Natives into Nursing. In December, RRANN held a camp in Bethel for high schoolers to show them how they, too, can enter the field.

Read the full article here.

Source: KYUK Public Media – How Do You Recruit More Young Alaska Native Nurses? Start By Giving Them A Stethoscope.

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.

Read the full article here.

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.

Read the full article here.

Source: Alaska college revives certified nursing assistant program | Alaska News |