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Marianas Variety: June 9-15 is CNMI Nurses Week (June 10, 2019)

ACTING Gov. Arnold I. Palacios on Friday signed a proclamation designating June 9-15 as CNMI Nurses Week.

The week-long event also marks the CNMI Nursing Association’s 33 years of celebrating the nurses’ accomplishments and efforts to improve the healthcare system.

This year’s theme is, “3,000 Reasons to Celebrate CNMI Nurses Week.”

According to Johnny Aldan, nursing instructor at Northern Marianas College, the CNMI Nursing Association joins the nearly 4.1 million professional nurses in the United States in supporting a “people-centered approach to care and health systems.”

“The demand for nursing services will be greater than ever because of the aging of the population, the continuing expansion of life-sustaining technology, and the explosive growth of home health care services,” the proclamation stated. “More qualified nurses will be needed in the future to meet the increasingly complex needs of health care consumers in this community.”

In recognizing the need for more nurses, NMC Interim President Frankie Eliptico said the college will implement many improvements in the nursing program in the coming years. “We’ve just applied for a $5 million grant for the nursing program,” he added as he thanked the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. for providing classrooms for NMC’s nursing students.

Typhoon Yutu destroyed many NMC classrooms, including the nursing facilities and laboratories.

“CHCC hosted our classrooms, hosted our training activities and hosted some of the work that we needed to do to continue the program so that some of our students who were on schedule to graduate will be graduating later this month,” Eliptico said.

He added that NMC will continue to build the islands’ healthcare workforce capacity.

Acting Governor Palacios said the CNMI government will continue to support nursing students and nurses. “We will continue to make sure that resources are set aside,” he added.

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