Travel Nursing Jobs in Alaska

If you're looking for a nursing job that offers plenty of outdoor adventure and stunning natural scenery, then travel nursing jobs in Alaska may be perfect for you. With its vast expanses of wilderness, towering mountains, and pristine waterways, Alaska is a haven for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. And as a travel nurse in Alaska, you'll have the opportunity to explore all that this incredible state has to offer.

So if you're looking for an exciting and rewarding nursing job that offers plenty of outdoor adventure and stunning natural scenery, consider travel nursing jobs in Alaska.

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Alaska Travel Nursing FAQ

How Much Do Travel Nurses Make in Alaska?

The median salary for a registered nurse in the state of Alaska was $94,070 per year or $45.23 0per hour in 2020 with most earning an annual salary between $76,830 and $110,890 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Entry-level RN jobs in Alaska or those with the lowest 10% salary earned around $65,530, while the highest 10% earned more than $126,260. While Alaska ranks as the fourth-highest average salary for registered nurses of any state. Even adjusted for the cost of living, Alaska is in the top 15 for nursing pay.

Typically, Alaska travel nursing jobs will provide higher hourly and weekly pay than permanent positions in the same specialty, facility, and location. The estimated weekly gross pay listed for travel nursing assignments is based on the specified hours per week listed on job cards and includes available stipend amounts.

Is Alaska a Nursing Compact State?

No, Alaska is not a Nursing Compact State, however, there is pending legislation for Alaska to join the eNLC.

How Do I Become a Travel Nurse in Alaska?

Education & Licensure

The Alaska Board of Nursing regulates the practice of nursing in Alsaka and is responsible for issuing licenses to licensed practical nurses (LPNs), registered nurses (RNs), and nurse practitioners (NPs).

The requirements for working as a registered nurse include completing an approved nursing program, passing the National Council Licensure Examination for registered nurses (NCLEX-RN), and submitting an application for licensure to the Board of Nursing. Alaska has pending legislation to become part of the enhanced Nursing Licensure Compact, a move that is overwhelmingly popular with nurses in the state.

Licensure Resources

  • Board Address https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/cbpl/ProfessionalLicensing/BoardofNursing.aspx
  • Application https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/cbpl/ProfessionalLicensing/BoardofNursing/ApplicationsForms.aspx
  • How Long Does It Take to Get a License? 2-3 weeks
  • Permanent License Fee $100 application, $200 license, $75 fingerprint fee
  • Temp License Fee $100 temp license
  • Compact state? No, but legislation is pending
  • NURSYS state? Yes
  • Walkthrough State? No

What are the Top Cities in Alaska for Nurses?

Alaska is a large state with diverse landscapes and plenty of opportunities for nurses. Anchorage is the largest city in Alaska and is home to many hospitals and clinics. The cost of living is high in Anchorage, but the city offers many amenities and job opportunities. The other largest cities in Alaska include Fairbanks and the capital Juneau. Healthcare professionals in any Alaskan city or town have access to a variety of outdoor activities and adventures

Top Cities in Alaska for Travel Nursing Jobs

  • Anchorage, AK
  • Juneau, AK
  • Fairbanks, AK
  • Kodiak, AK
  • Seward, AK
  • Palmer, AK
  • Ketchikan, AK
  • Sitka, AK
  • Nome, AK
  • Valdez, AK
  • Kodiak, AK

Things to Do and Explore in Alaska

Alaska is home to some of the most spectacular scenery in the world, and nurses who choose to work in this state will have ample opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors. From hiking and camping in the pristine forests and mountains in places like Kodiak Island to fishing and kayaking on the glistening waterways of Bristol Bay, Alaska is a nature lover's paradise. And for those who enjoy a bit of excitement and adventure, there are plenty of opportunities for snowboarding, skiing, and dog sledding in the state's frigid winters.

Anchorage makes up over 40% of the population of Alaska. There are many things to love about living in Anchorage, but the best thing has to be the incredible scenery. From the towering peaks of the Chugach Mountains to the vast, glimmering expanse of Cook Inlet, Anchorage is surrounded by natural beauty. Whether you're out hiking in the wilderness, fishing in one of the many local streams, or just enjoying a leisurely walk around town, there's always something new to see. And, in the winter, the city is transformed into a wonderland of snow-covered peaks and frozen lakes.

Alaska is well known for its great views of the northern lights in the night sky and its expansive national parks. The 49th state is full of superlatives, boasting the longest coastline, the largest amount of land, longest day and night, biggest national park, and highest mountain peak in Mount McKinley. Denali National Park is a large and beautiful park in Alaska that is well-known for its incredible hiking trails. There are a variety of trails to choose from, ranging in difficulty from easy to strenuous. One of the most popular trails in the park is the Denali Trail. This trail is a challenging 18-mile hike that leads to the summit of Denali, the highest mountain peak in North America. Other popular trails in the park include the Savage River Loop and the Kantishna Hills Trail.

In addition to its natural beauty, Alaska's history is culturally rich and fascinating. Travel nurses who choose to work in Alaska will have the opportunity to visit some of the state's indigenous villages and learn about the traditional lifestyles of the Alaskan natives. They'll also be able to experience the unique culture of the state's Russian settlers, who have had a significant influence on the state's history and architecture.

Getting Started as a Traveling Nurse

Many travel nurses find work through recruitment agencies and marketplaces, which means you have better access to job boards to choose your schedule, location, and salary. When you begin browsing for jobs, be sure to consider the housing options, the benefits, the guaranteed hours policy, and the recruiting company’s overall reputation.

The good news is that Fusion Marketplace has everything you need when it comes to finding the perfect Alaska travel nurse jobs. Here, you have the freedom to compare benefits, packages, and staffing agencies—all in one place. So find your next job today.