Saipan – A total of 25 nurses are needed by the Commonwealth Health Center to alleviate its nursing shortage that currently is affecting its operations.
Currently the lone hospital on the island, the Saipan Tribune, reports has 167 full-time nurses and these also include personnel at its two satellite health centers on Tinian and Rota. By Dec. 5, that number is expected to drop as two more nurses are expected to leave.
The lack of nurses is causing a significant increase in the hospital’s overhead due to overtime.
The nursing population at CHC has been fluctuating between 160 and 167 in any given month.
For this fiscal year, CHC has a need for 190 nurses. This is an increase over the 168 nursing positions approved two fiscal years ago.