Everything you need to know about Travel Nursing in Alaska

Here in The Last Frontier you can have incredible adventures while helping out in a state that experiences ever-changing healthcare staffing needs. When you take an assignment with Medical Solutions in Alaska, you’ll have access to great travel nursing jobs with solid pay and stellar benefits.

In addition to hospitals, Alaska has many smaller facilities due to its unique geography. That and a consistent demand means plenty of travel nurse and travel allied healthcare jobs. Plus, with Alaska’s average annual nurse salary of $97,230 it’s a good state to up your earning potential while also seeing a state like no other. Who gets to say they lived and worked in Alaska for a while? You can! 

Best Hospitals to Work at in Alaska

U.S. News & World Report’s 2021/2022 Best Hospitals list evaluated 26 Alaska hospitals. This includes #1-ranked Providence Alaska Medical Center, which is ranked #48 in the United States for urology. Providence is also ranked “High Performing” in four adult specialties and six procedures/conditions, including gastroenterology/GI surgery, geriatrics, orthopedics, and pulmonary and lung surgery. Alaska also has a variety of additional clinics and non-hospital healthcare facilities throughout the state.

U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 Best States list ranked Alaska at #45 overall and #1 for fiscal stability. The Last Frontier State is also ranked #22 for healthcare! Because of Alaska’s ever-changing need for temporary healthcare professionals and its physical separation from the lower 48 states, the location has many traveler-friendly facilities. These same factors typically allow for higher average compensation compared to other locations. The average RN salary in Alaska is $97,230. The Last Frontier is a wonderful spot for nurses hoping to work in travel healthcare, fill important staffing needs, enjoy an abundance of awesome natural beauty, and earn great wages!

Alaska Nurse licensure

Alaska is not currently a member of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC), but there is pending legislation to enact the NLC there. The NLC allows nurses to practice in other NLC states without getting additional state licenses. New states are joining all the time so keep an eye on the latest NLC map. In the meantime, our recruiters and licensing team are always happy to help you with any Alaska state licensing questions.

To Do and See in Alaska

From the northern lights to the midnight sun, Alaska offers unique sights abound! The state is chock-full of glaciers, wildlife, high mountain peaks, national parks (17!), and so much more.

You can sit back and enjoy a cruise or get active and go hiking. Dog sledding is a famous sport here, including famous races like the Iditarod. The culture is unique, with the state’s many native and colonial influences. You can explore this history at the state’s many historic and cultural centers. Alaska’s larger cities present a cool blend of modern and traditional. And yes, winters get pretty cold here, but most people don’t realize that many parts of Alaska have milder summer temps!

Alaska’s cuisine definitely reflects its terrain and geography. You can find all kinds of food here, but some of the state’s iconic eats include all kinds of salmon, gumbo, reindeer dogs, black cod, wild game, chocolate bread, sourdough bread, berries and jam, crab, and more.

Quick Alaska Facts

  • State Nickname: The Last Frontier
  • Capital City: Juneau
  • Largest Cities: Anchorage, Juneau, Fairbanks, Badger, Knik-Fairview
  • Charming Towns: Kodiak, Ketchikan, Talkeetna, Sitka, Homer
  • Cost of Living: 45th-lowest cost of living in U.S.
  • Average RN Salary: $97,230
  • Random Trivia: 17 of the 20 highest mountain peaks in the United States are in Alaska!

 

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Benefits

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Personalized Pay Packages

Travel Nurses working in Alaska enjoy a personalized payment package with great wage rates, licensure and certification reimbursement, a 401(k) with an immediately vested company contribution, loyalty and referral bonuses, and more.

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Great Benefits

We offer our travel nurses and travel allied health professionals day one medical, dental, and vision insurance, plus the option of several additional voluntary benefits, including life, long-term disability, critical illness, accident, hospital indemnity, and AD&D insurance.

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Employee Assistance Program

Current travelers also have automatic, free access to our employee assistance program (EAP) through Cigna, which includes eight free counseling sessions and many more free resources to support you and your family in every facet of life.

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Travel Nurse Housing

When it comes to making a home in your latest location, Medical Solutions travelers have the option of company-provided, private, fully furnished, secure, pet-friendly housing arranged by our expert housing team or a non-taxable housing stipend that helps you arrange and pay for your own housing costs, depending on your eligibility and location.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to your questions about Alaska Travel Nursing Jobs with Medical Solutions and Travel Nursing in general.

Simply apply here. You can also call us at 1.866.633.3548 and speak with a recruiter, who can answer your questions and send you an information packet. All we need to begin is your application and resume. Once we receive your information, we can begin discussing potential assignments that fit your profile. When you find a job you want, your recruiter will submit you for the job and walk you through the process from there.
Most assignments are 13 weeks in length, but we’ve seen them as short as four weeks and as long as 24. You are obligated to finish your assignment as contracted, but there is no contract binding you to work more assignments afterward. You can take a new assignment right after your last or take a break. It’s all up to you!
Many states are in the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC), which allows you reciprocal rights to practice in compact states. If you need to obtain a new state license, your Recruiter can tell you exactly how much time is necessary to apply for it and the cost. If a new license is required for your assignment, Medical Solutions will reimburse you for the cost!