GMH working with recruitment agencies to bring more nurses to Guam

Guam Memorial Hospital administrator Lillian Perez-Posadas has been tapped to chair the Guam Medical and Public Health Services Action Plan Task Force (PNC file photo)

Guam Memorial Hospital administrator Lillian Perez-Posadas said that while they have been continuously trying to recruit and retain nurses locally, GMH is also using off-island recruitment agencies to bring more nurses to Guam.

One agency, Perez-Posadas said, is a Washington-based agency that can provide Guam with experienced critical care nurses for the hospital’s ER and ICU units.

“Another option that we’re looking at, and we’re going to be having a conference call, is another agency that can send us about 100 nurses by next week. So we’re working out the details of that project this afternoon,” Perez-Posadas said during the governor’s news conference Friday morning.

Longer term, Perez-Posadas said the University of Guam School of Nursing, graduated 26 last May and GMH recruited 14 of those.

“We’re mentoring them and hopefully when they take the NCLEX, they pass it successfully. So that’s another, you know, infusion of 14 registered nurses who hopefully will be here, you know, for the long term because they’re from here. They’re local people and they completed their program here at the University of Guam,” Perez-Posadas said.

She added that they are also training GDOE school nurses and hoping that they can keep them on board as part-time nurses who can fill in some of the shifts and some of the hours.

“Because they’re here in Guam, and they are government of Guam employees who can do part-time service here at the hospital. So those are some of the things that we are looking at to really increase the recruitment, and the retention of staff nurses,” Perez-Posadas said.