Days 18 & 19: A little R&R

This weekend was spent in the lovely Anchorage, AK! As students arrived from their rural site placements, we were given the weekend to recuperate, visit fun places in town, and start preparations on our final presentations for the group. Yesterday, a small group of us tried out the local transit and headed to the Alaska…

Days 15, 16, 17: Final Days and a Return to Anchorage

Greetings, from Anchorage, AK again! The past couple of days I have had some technical difficulties and struggled to fix my laptop, as I also contracted a nasty cold. I assume the cold came from working within the clinic, after being around so many sick children and exposing myself to new germs in a different…

Day 14: A Little Busy in Little Norway

Greetings from Day 14 of my adventure in Alaska; coming to you from Petersburg! Today was a very busy day at the Public Health Center, with 4 appointments throughout working hours. For a town this size, 4 appointments is considered a heavy amount for one day, with one PHN to complete each task. Below, I…

Day 13: GlitterBug

Greetings from Petersburg, AK on my thirteenth day! Today, I acquired many new skills and realized that I should very realistically consider pursuing a medical career in pediatrics. I have always interacting with children and making them feel better, whether that be with my younger brother, while babysitting, supervising at local primary schools, etc.; however,…

Days 11 & 12: The Weekend

I am still here in the lovely Petersburg, AK! This weekend has consisted of different activities, but not work! The PHC remains closed on the weekends. On Saturday, I spent the morning catching up on some much-needed sleep; I have never worked a full-time position before and, in addition to the excitement and energy expenditure…

Day 10: A Radio Sensation

Greetings from Petersburg! Today was a very special day of job-shadowing; I found out that Ms. Erin Michael has many daily tasks. As if serving as the town’s only PHN weren’t enough of a busy responsibility, Erin completes other tasks throughout the city. For example, she leads the town in emergency preparedness scenarios and must…

Day 9: First Day on the Job

Today was my first day in my job-shadowing role at the Public Health Center in Petersburg, AK. For the next week, I will have the privilege of working with public health nurse Erin Michael (PHN). She is the sole caregiver in the Public Health Center (PHC). In fact, there are only two employees at this…

Day 8: Pretty Petersburg

Greetings from Petersburg, AK! Today marks my first day at my rural site here in Alaska. From Anchorage, I traveled to Juneau, then to a small fishing town called Petersburg, or “Little Norway”. This community is even more beautiful than I had imagined prior to arrival. Only accessible by plane or boat, Petersburg is a…

Day 7: Prep for Petersburg

Greetings from Anchorage, AK! Today marks the last day of staying in Anchorage before my rural site immersion within Petersburg, AK. Although very excited to enter the village and learn more about the career I wish to pursue in addition to unforgettable cultural values, I cannot help but feel nervous about this next step in…

Day 6: Cultural Orientation in Anchorage

Hello from Anchorage! Today was the first day of true cultural training, as program directors aimed for us (as RIIN participants) to gain plenty of knowledge about our respective rural sites before departure and a full immersion within the community. I am headed to Petersburg, AK, which lies in the Southeast region of the state;…