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By Ben Muir 

Petersburg opens its first nursing program


August 31, 2017

Ben Muir / Petersburg Pilot

The nursing students are, from left, Audrey Morton, Carolyn Kvernvik, Adam Axmaker and Valaree Nilsen. Far right is local site coordinator Nichole Mattingly.

Demand for nurses is growing in Alaska enough for Petersburg to open its first student-degree program with online lectures and on-island lab training.

The program, sponsored by the University of Anchorage Alaska, started on Monday. The program is a two-year associate's degree with four students from Petersburg seeking to become a registered nurse with little travel off-island, said Nichole Mattingly, the local site coordinator.

"In small communities like this we want to invest in nurses who are willing to stay," Mattingly said. "This is kind of a way for us to grow our own."

The students...

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