Shelly Miiyuk (Reeve) Nordlum
I was born and raised in Kotzebue, Alaska. I have traveled to all of our 11 villages in our region. Kotzebue is a small safe unique community to live in. I love spending time outdoors: hunting, fishing, hiking, berry picking, skiing, biking, beach combing, and boating. My favorite thing to do each summer is spend time in my garden and greenhouse. This year we grew the following: Swiss chard, carrots, lettuce, kale, radishes, turnips, broccoli, kohlrabi, peas, beans, potatoes, beets, cabbage and cauliflower.
I am a Registered Nurse. I currently work in the Specialty clinic. I am in charge of the following Specialty field clinics: Cardiology, ENT, and Arthritis. I also do the following: IV infusions, Video Teleconference appointments with ANMC providers, and conscious sedation for EGD’s/colonoscopies. I enjoy working closely as a team with the all the Nursing staff, Medical staff, CHAPS, pharmacy, lab, radiology and all other departments at Maniilaq Health Center.
I went to nursing school here in Kotzebue with UAA School of nursing program. This is a great program to train local people to become nurses. Local nurses give better care because they understand the culture and issues related to giving good patient care. I encourage others interested in nursing careers to look into this program. If anyone is interested or has questions please feel free to contact me.
My advice for others wanting to pursue a nursing career: Never give up, show up and do your best. It is the hardest most satisfying thing you can do. There is no better feeling then helping others the best you can with the resources you have. Try to have a positive outlook on life, work or school. My life goes much easier with a smile on my face while trying to help others. Life is much more satisfying if you do something you love.