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GMH promoting specialized nursing jobs to off-island candidates

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The Guam Memorial Hospital is trying to make specialized nursing positions more attractive to off-island hires. GMH administrator Ted Lewis says this is in direct response to a follow up visit from the Joint Commission on Accreditation for Hospital Organizations two weeks ago.

"All the items that were out there all the major items of concern have been taken care of and as they do whenever they visit they are always looking at current things and so there are some areas identified for us to develop plans for improvement on," he said.

During that visit the need for specialized nurses was one of the areas in need of improvement, as Lewis continued, "It's basically we are just going to step up recruitment and I think some of these specialty areas are going to involve recruitment off-island. While we have some good feeder systems here on Guam for nurses such as our educational institution there are good nurses being turned out but in the specialty area a med/surg nurse or a newly graduated nurse isn't eligible to work in those specialty areas until they have had a few years of experience."

While Lewis was unable to share the number of positions they are trying to fill as we reported the Joint Commission advised GMH that the number of hours nurses worked requires additional staffing. He says they are looking at marketing the positions differently, noting, "We are doing that obviously your compensation always is a factor you have to look at where are you recruiting from what are the competitive wages but in addition to that you know there are great things about Guam that are attractive to people who live elsewhere and if you can get people to think about Guam and to see it as a paradise which I think it is then those things really help."

Lewis says they will be submitting their plan of action to the Joint Commission for review next month. He adds that because they are in good standing with the joint commission they maintain their good standing with the Centers for Medicaid Services.

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