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Nursing in Guam

Guam is a U.S. unincorporated territory that resides in the western Pacific Ocean. It has an established civilian government and its population in 2010 was 159,358 people. The population density is low, with about 830 people for every square mile. Guam is the biggest island in Micronesia, and its capital is Hagatna. It has a total area of 212 square miles, and it is 30 miles long and four to 12 miles wide. It features a tropical marine climate, with hot and humid weather year-round. Dues to its location on the Philippine Sea Plate and Pacific Plate, Guam sometimes experiences earthquakes. A coral table reef consisting of deep water channels mostly surrounds the territory. The coastline features sandy beaches, mangroves, and rock cliff lines. The northern part of the territory features sheer limestone coastal cliffs and the southern part is mountainous. Guam is known for Puntan Dos Amantes, also called Two Lovers Point, which is a National Natural Landmark. Other areas of interest include Latte Stone Park, Plaza de Espana, Tailafak Bridge, and Fort Santo Angel.

Guam’s Outlook for Nursing

For the United States, the job outlook for a career in nursing is projected to increase faster than average for all jobs, jumping 26 percent by 2020. As of May 2012, there were about 460 registered nurses in Guam, or 7.592 for every 1,000 jobs. The average hourly pay rate was $25.75 and the yearly wage was $53,560. The increasing and aging population in Guam, as well as technological advancements will likely drive the demand for registered nurses. Those seeking a career in nursing in Guam will likely have favorable job opportunities, particularly for those with advanced nursing degrees.

State Based Financial Aid

The Government of Guam offers Student Financial Assistance Programs for students who qualify. The Pedro “Doc” Sanchez Professional Scholarship offers financial assistance and students must submit an application, essay, and letters of recommendation. Financial assistance is also available for those pursuing nursing degrees through the Nurse Training Program. Other scholarship programs include the John F. Quan Memorial Scholarship, Hero Scholarship Program, and Professional and Technical Awards.

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