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Hi David, I am interested in Alaska Travel Nursing but have heard good and bad things about the small towns not liking outsiders. Just wondering if you have had experience in Barrow, Sitka, or Nome? I really like small towns but don’t want to be uncomfortable. Thanks for the input!
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I do seem to hear of a lot of opportunities when it comes to Alaska Travel Nursing, but having never traveled to Alaska myself, I would direct your question to a posting on some travel nursing forums.
Some good forums can be found at ultimatenurse.com, allnurses.com, and the Delphi forum for traveling professionals (go to delphiforums.com, look for the box on the right that says “Explore existing forums”, type in “travel nursing” and the top result is a group called Travel Nurses and Therapists).
Pan Travelers is also another good site with a forum as well as Healthcare Travelbook, which is a sort of Facebook style place for travelers.
All these sites will open your question to more travelers where you will undoubtedly find someone who has made the trek to Alaska.
I will tell you to always study up on the area in which you wish to travel. One person may have an entirely different experience from another, solely based on their knowledge of the area.
For example, I believe it was Virgin Island travel where one nurse noted that you should ALWAYS greet people with a “good morning, good afternoon, or good evening” as it is the local custom and can have a BIG impact on the way you are treated.
Additionally, when in Hawaii, I kept to the “touristy” joints or hangouts rather than the local smaller hangouts where territoriality could be an issue for a “haole” (white guy).
Hope this helps.