Flexible? Fun? Financially rewarding? Travel nursing in Alaska is a hard yes to all those questions. But the first thing travel nurses must know about travel nursing in Alaska is that they’re in serious demand, which is why “The Last Frontier” finishes in the top 25 percentile for travel nurse salaries.
The second thing nurses must know about travel nursing in Alaska? The state offers incredible aesthetic and can take your Instagram to new heights. From its eight national parks – no really, Alaska has eight of America’s 61 national parks – its view of the awesome Aurora Borealis, Alaska frequents the bucket lists for many travel nurses because it’s arguably the epitome of adventure.
Below we’ll discuss just five of the top things to do and see while travel nursing in Alaska:
- Travel nurses new to Alaska simply must visit Denali National Park, home to North America’s tallest peak, and do dress warm. Aside from the majestic mountain, you’ll also experience over 430 flowering plants, featuring Alaska’s state flower, the “forget me not.”
- Cross another national park off your list by seeing all the sights at Katami National Park and Reserve. Be sure to stop at Brooks Falls and see all the gathering grizzly bears grabbing salmon from the waterfall. Then see the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes for some simply stunning views. No filter will be necessary when you post it.
- Shop-a-holics can treat themselves to five levels of relaxing retail therapy at the five-level Anchorage 5th Avenue Mall, located in downtown Anchorage. It’s home to the only J.C. Penny and Nordstrom stores in the entire state. Of course, the mall opens early for mall walkers. Hungry shoppers can find virtually anything to eat at the top-floor food court.
- You’ve heard of the Aurora Borealis. Now see it for yourself. The Northern Lights are most visible in November, December and January, so take a travel nursing opportunity in one of those months to ensure you’ll see one of the world’s most beautiful, interesting sights. Kotzebue, Alaska is an exceptional small town to see the lights, especially because it’s so far north. While remote, you’ll experience unique Alaskan culture and some of the best sights possible.
- What comes to mind when you hear “Alaskan food?” Travel nurses who take an assignment in Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city, will find out that there’s no shortage of outstanding eateries in The Last Frontier. Stop at Tommy’s Burger Shop for 5.5 ounces of outstanding Australian beef peppered with Cajun seasoning. You’ll have eight types of burgers to choose from; we recommend the R.L.E. Hello Burger, for those with an appetite.
Not into burgers? Jump over to the city of Juneau for all-you-can-eat salmon at Gold Creek Salmon Bake. It’s the freshest salmon you’ll find and it’s an authentic taste of the Last Frontier.
No matter what you decide to do, an Alaskan adventure for travel nurses simply does not disappoint. For the financial incentives and social media clout alone, Alaska is worth your time and talents.
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