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The New ABCs of Medical School: Anatomy, Biochemistry, and Cooking

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High-Value Care Increasingly Becoming Core Part of Med School Curriculum

High-value care has been added to curricula for many aspiring physicians

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Nursing Field Sees Some Shortages in Alaska

Specialized areas are where nurses are needed

ANCHORAGE - In the past decade, more than 11,000 health care jobs have been created in Alaska. But one of the most important areas, nursing, is still seeing a shortage.

It’s not entry-level positions where there are gaps, it’s the specialized areas like the operating room.

There are plenty of qualified Alaskans ready to take entry-level positions in nursing.

“The estimated need for nurses in the state is 130 nurses per year, and we are putting out about 200 graduates a year,” said Barbara Berner, director of UAA’s School of Nursing.

For students finishing their undergraduate degree the job market is tight.

“We are also hearing from the institutions that they are no longer requiring as many traveling nurses from out of state to do basic nursing care,” Berner said.

But this does not apply to specialty nurses – especially those working in areas like the operating theater and intensive care unit.

“They take at least two years of previous experience, and we prefer acute care,” said Tammy Kaminski, of Alaska Regional Hospital’s human resources department.

Across the state, including at Alaska Regional Hospital, experienced specialty nurses are in short supply, and it’s necessary to draw people up from the Lower 48, which doesn’t always work out.

“I would say for every 10 nurses we recruit from out of state we are able to keep one,” Kaminski said.

Students who are finishing specialized graduate programs are getting picked up much more quickly.

“People with particular specialties often have jobs before they even leave the graduate program because there is such a need in the state,” said Berner.

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Travel Nursing Alaska

Alaska travel nursing jobs are mainly searched by nurses who reside in Alaska, or who share a desire to live in this fantastic state of the United States. The state enjoys a distinct weather and climate conditions and it is better for nurses to know the situation before accepting any assignment as a nurse in Alaska. As with any other state, there is a constant need for excellent healthcare and there are many open positions for nursing.

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Alaska Travel Nursing Jobs

The state is considered as pioneer in providing adequate healthcare facilities around the US. In order to follow its vision of great health to Alaskans, the state has active healthcare unites actively working towards improving the health status of people reside in the area. As a medical practitioner, you can find many fruitful opportunities in Alaska and serve your skills and knowledge to needy.

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Bartlett RNs Recognized at March of Dimes Nurse of Year Event

Five nurses from Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau, Alaska, were recognized at the 2009 March of Dimes Nurse of the Year event Nov. 20, the Juneau Empire reports.

Nurses of the Year were Justine Muench, Legend of Nursing; Deb Manowski, Legend of Nursing; Ami Reifenstein, Rising Star; Judy Cernobyl, Legend of Nursing; and Tamara Simone-Collins, Ambulatory Nursing.

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Five Bartlett nurses receive ‘Nurse of the Year’ awards

JUNEAU - Five nurses from Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau were recognized at the 2009 March of Dimes Nurse of the Year event held November 20 in Anchorage.

The Nurse of the Year awardees were Justine Muench ("Legend of Nursing” category), Deb Manowski ("Legend of Nursing” category), Ami Reifenstein ("Rising Star” category), Judy Cernobyl ("Legend of Nursing” category) and Tamara Simone-Collins, “(Ambulatory Nursing” category.)

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Alaska needs more forensic nurses, authorities say

ANCHORAGE, Alaska—Health care workers say there’s a shortage in Alaska of forensic nurses, who prosecutors describe as crucial in bringing justice to sexual assault victims.

Studies show that between 2003 and 2007 Alaska’s reported rate of rape was more than two and a half times the national average. To make stronger cases against rapists, prosecutors say they need as much evidence as they can get—and that includes access to forensic nurses.

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Local Emergency Department Nurse Receives Award

Ketchikan, Alaska - Bev Crum, Nurse Manager for the Emergency Department of Ketchikan General Hospital in Ketchikan, Alaska, was the recipient of the Nurse Manager Award presented by the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) at its annual conference on October 8 in Baltimore.

The award honors a nurse who has consistently demonstrated excellence in the profession of emergency nursing and who has made significant contributions to the profession through emergency nursing management. The recipient is an individual responsible for hiring, firing, corrective action, personnel evaluation, staffing and program development, who also demonstrates innovative program development, mentoring and leadership skills, and serves as a consultant on emergency nursing issues to other groups.

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IHS awards $90.5 million contract for replacement hospital in Alaska

The Indian Health Service awarded a $90.5 million construction contract for a replacement facility at 21-bed Norton Sound Regional Hospital, Nome, Alaska, using federal stimulus dollars. The contract went to Inuit-NCI JV, which is a partnership between Inuit Services and Neeser Construction of Anchorage.

The funds were provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The new 150,000-square-foot Norton Sound hospital, scheduled to be completed in 2012, replaces a 61-year-old facility serving about 10,000 patients annually. The hospital is owned by Norton Sound Health Corp., a tribal not-for-profit group representing the Bering Strait region. “These funds will help improve healthcare, create jobs and make our native communities stronger,” said IHS Director Yvette Roubideaux, in a news release.

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