Erin Michael hired as public health nurse
Erin Michael is now Petersburg's official public health nurse after the regional nurse manager out of Juneau offered her the job last week.
Michael has been the acting public health nurse since she arrived in town last September.
"I'm very excited," Michael said. "It's a big relief. I really like the community so I was hoping to get to stay."
Michael says now that she knows she will be sticking around for a while she will start thinking about future plans for the community. She said she'd like to engage in conversation with the canneries to start offering clinics when its seasonal workers come into town.
"I think it's a great opportunity to get people that may not necessarily have full time health insurance, to get them services that they couldn't normally get," Michael said.
Michael said she's also planning on getting more involved with community organizations such as Working Against Violence for Everybody (WAVE).
"That's one of the priorities for public health, the reduction of intimate partner violence," Michael said.
Michael worked at the public health center in Juneau before coming to Petersburg.
Her first official day starts tomorrow.