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Old 02-19-2012, 08:18 PM
 
Location: Jersey
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I was looking at YKHC but I cant find anywhere where it tells about pay. Just benefits like PTO and for nurses, loan payoff. Do you know any other information? Also, where do people live, I only saw a couple of houses for sale and couldnt find anything from here about rentals, im sure in a place that small its word of mouth. Any advice, just so im well informed
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Old 02-19-2012, 08:26 PM
 
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what about Skagway or Haines? They're both really nice and even though they're in SE they do't get the rain that the rest of the panhandle does.
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Old 02-19-2012, 08:39 PM
 
Location: Jersey
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I honestly dont know much about them except they are beautiful places....
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Old 02-19-2012, 08:46 PM
 
Location: interior Alaska
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When we say that Fairbanks gets really hot, that means it gets really hot "to us". It's not really hot compared to lower 48 summers. We "may" hit 90 once a summer on average, but we may not too.
Plus it's usually not muggy, so it doesn't feel as hot.
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Old 02-19-2012, 09:12 PM
 
Location: Anchorage
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I haven't really noticed that pay in Alaska is higher to offset the cost of living increase. I've had jobs that paid more in Oregon. My family ate a lot better in the lower 48.
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Old 02-19-2012, 10:38 PM
 
Location: Interior alaska
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what about Skagway or Haines? They're both really nice and even though they're in SE they do't get the rain that the rest of the panhandle does.
Like Met said, those are great places too! And great if you have a love for fishing or boating. A lot of the people will drive out to Whitehorse for shopping or vacation!
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Old 02-20-2012, 04:10 AM
 
Location: Jersey
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I haven't really noticed that pay in Alaska is higher to offset the cost of living increase. I've had jobs that paid more in Oregon. My family ate a lot better in the lower 48.
Any body have anything to say about this? This seem somewhat contradictory to what Ive researched...it does seem to be a 2 income state, a family cant live on 1 income generally..
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Old 02-20-2012, 05:07 AM
 
Location: Anchorage
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Any body have anything to say about this? This seem somewhat contradictory to what Ive researched...it does seem to be a 2 income state, a family cant live on 1 income generally..
It could be very different for you, being in a much-needed healthcare field. I'm an accountant.
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Old 02-20-2012, 01:06 PM
Status: "chillin at ezwinekit dot com" (set 29 days ago)
 
Location: Puna
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Sounds like a good plan, except as follows:

a. The cost of living in Alaska is a lot higher than the cost of living in NJ.
LOL, there's probably somebody on the Jersey forum saying the exact same thing to someone else. I've lived in Alaska 14 years and spent time in Jersey as well. There are places in Jersey I can not afford to live.
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Old 02-20-2012, 01:10 PM
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Location: Puna
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Heres my plan: opinions please

I have done a lot of research, tell me if im wayyy off. Thanks

I am graduating with my degree in addictions counseling in december. I will start the certification process in NJ (which is virtually identical to AK) in January. I am enrolling Nursing school in September. By the start of nursing school I will be half way to certification. I will go down to part time work while in my first year of school. By the time I graduate nursing school in 3 years I will be a registered nurse and a certified drug and alcohol counselor.

We are also saving money and hope to by the time I graduate have about $20,000 saved. We plan to move to AK and use the saved money to live on and use as an escape plan if things dont work out. I know that cost of living is way higher there than most of the lower 48 but NJ isnt much lower. It is lower but not much, based on my research.

What do you guys think? Please be kind
Your existing credentials will serve you fine in Alaska. Adding nursing to it will only make you more desireable. You can probably score a relocation bonus when you are ready to come here. Good luck.
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