GMH Pediatric Nurse Shortage to be Addressed

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Guam Memorial Hospital (PNC file photo)
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Guam’s Department of Public Health and Social Services, along with the Department of Education, might help the ongoing pediatric nursing shortage with the Guam Memorial Hospital.

As GMH, the island’s only public hospital continues to see a shortage of pediatric nurses, the Public Health says that they offer help to aid the ongoing problem.

During last week’s media COVID-19 meeting, Interim Chief Medical Officer Dr. Bob Leon Guerrero gave details on how the GMH pediatric nurse shortage will be addressed, especially now that more children are getting sick.

Dr. Bob said, “Public Health did offer if it got that critical that we offer some of the nurses at Public Health to work over at GMH.”

He added, “And I’m sure GDOE can flex some of their nurses–student health counselors because there’s quite a few of them worked in the nursery, worked in the peds so if it gets to be a problem maybe GDOE can have some of their nurses go over to the hospital.”

In a comment to PNC, Cindy Hanson– GMH Public Information Officer said, “To date, no final decisions have been made regarding nurses from DPHSS assisting GMH. We are still in discussions with the DPHSS.”

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Jannette Samson is a broadcast reporter for the Pacific News Center. Her beats are lifestyle, tourism, and crime, among others. Aside from being a reporter, she is also PNC's social media and web editor. You can sometimes hear her reporting the latest headlines for you on Sorensen Media Group's radio stations and on K57. Some of Jannette's passions include art, beauty, and blogging. She paints, creates prints, and dabbles in various art media in her free time. Jannette is also a self-taught makeup artist. In addition to that, she is a visual artist. Her artwork was featured in many art exhibitions and galleries in Guam such as Imbentibu Famalao'an I at the Castro Art Gallery; Imbentibu Famalao'an II and Body Beautiful at the Lees-Reyes Art Gallery; the 2020 University of Guam Undergraduate Exhibition; and the Annual Research Conference Art Exhibition at the Isla Center for the Arts.