CHCC faces shortage of 20 nurses

The Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. is short by about 20 nurses and is revving up efforts to hire nurses from off island, according to CHCC spokesperson Zoe Travis last Friday.

She did point out in her response to a Saipan Tribune’s inquiry that there is a shortage of nurses throughout the United States, including in the U.S. mainland.

This is why CHCC has increased its focus on recruiting nurses from the United States, the Philippines, and elsewhere in Asia, Travis said.

At present, CHCC employs 146 registered nurses and licensed practical nurses.

In the last three months, five nurses reportedly left CHCC.

To attract more nurses, Travis said, CHCC is using major national recruiting agencies and offering competitive pay and benefits. They are additionally strengthening their relationship with the Northern Marianas College nursing program.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a veteran journalist who has covered all news beats in the CNMI. Born in Lilo-an, Cebu City in the Philippines, De la Torre graduated from the University of Santo Tomas with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He is a recipient of many commendations and awards, including the CNMI Judiciary’s prestigious Justice Award for his over 10 years of reporting on the judiciary’s proceedings and decisions. Contact him at ferdie_delatorre@saipantribune.com

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