Nursing News: Alaska Leading the Way to Recruit Nurses

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, May 10th, 2012

Alaska can be proud of its effort to grow and recruit nurses. In addition to the University of Alaska Anchorage’s nursing program, the RRANN (Recruitment and Retention of Alaska Natives into Nursing) program increases the number of Alaska Natives and American Indians graduating with associate or bachelor degrees in nursing.nurse recruitment

A lot of the students are from villages or smaller towns and they are assisted with negotiating the big university system, which can be overwhelming. The program offers tutoring, networking opportunities, scholarships and one-on-one academic counseling. Students who take advantage of those offerings are eligible for a small stipend.

Many graduates of the program end up working at the University Hospital or returning to their home communities, where their patients benefit from a local nurse’s knowledge of the culture and where they are a valued part of the community.

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