The health care industry in Alaska has generated more new jobs, mostly nursing jobs, than any other industry in the state in the past decade. However, Alaska is still in the midst of a serious nursing shortage, much like other states. Nursing educators are in high demand to increase the number of nursing school graduates and help ease the stress on hospitals because of the shortage. Qualified nursing candidates at all levels are sought after, especially in the city areas of Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Juneau.
Perianesthesia nurses care for patients before and after those patients undergo anesthesia. Postoperative perianesthesia nursing duties including ensuring the patients breathing and vital signs are normal, and managing the patients pain and nausea. The American Board of Perianesthesia Nursing Certification, Inc maintains two certification programs: Certified Post Anesthesia Nurse (CPAN) and Certified Ambulatory Perianesthesia Nurse (CAPA)both of which are accredited by the American Board of Nursing Specialties (ABNS). The major professional organization for perianesthesia nursing is the American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses (ASPAN). The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts excellent, overall job growth for registered nurses.