Thursday, June 18, 2009
Nursing leaders in the Pacific region vowed to continue providing care to the poor and sick and empowering lives in their community as they opened yesterday the five-day 2009 American Pacific Nursing Leaders Council Conference at the Hyatt Regency Saipan.
Over a hundred participants listened to inspiring messages from APNLC president Toaga A. Seumalo of American Samoa, Lt. Gov. Eloy S. Inos representing the CNMI government, CNMI Nursing Association president Lee Q. Castro, and keynote speaker Roylinne Wada of the U.S. Department of the Interior.
The conference drew a total of 31 official delegates and four APNLC officials from 11 jurisdictions that includes American Samoa, Chuuk, CNMI, Guam, Marshall Islands, Palau, Pohnpei, Yap, Kosrae, Hawaii and, for the first time, Japan.
This year’s conference theme is “Nurses Empowering Lives.”
It amazes me that during the conference, one of the speakers spoke about a nursing shortage in the CNMI, and what they need to reduce the patient to nurse ratio. There is a nursing shortage in Saipan at CHC, the only public Hospital, but they are not hiring, and are turning down applicants.
By Pacific Nurse on 2009 08 22