UOG SNAG brings joy to St. Dominic's Senior Care Home

UOG SNAG brings joy to St. Dominic's Senior Care Home

UOG SNAG brings joy to St. Dominic's Senior Care Home


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The UOG Student Nurses Association of Guam made a visit to St. Dominic's Senior Care Home in December 2021. (From left) Aloysius Dela Rojo; Savannah Medler, treasurer; Michael Ocampo; Meliza Pama; Althea Lomibao, treasurer; Hannah Legaspi, vice president; Angel Saunders, president; Christian Salumbides; Dray Borja, secretary; and Sandra Cruz.

With pandemic restrictions having limited visitors and social interactions for the residents St. Dominic’s Senior Care Home in Guam for some time, the UOG Student Nurses Association of Guam chapter wanted to bring them an uplifting experience of socially distanced mingling and Christmas carols as soon as COVID cases were on the decline. 

“Although COVID-19 still exists, we can’t forget about the needs, illnesses, and conditions that are still ongoing in our community,” said senior nursing major Angel Saunders, president of UOG SNAG. “The residents at St. Dominic’s truly enjoyed it. The nurses reported that the non-verbal residents continued to hum the songs after we left. It was a wonderful and joyful experience.”


The student chapter's effort to serve their community earned them a Breakthrough to Nursing Award from the National Student Nurses’ Association. The awards program aims to encourage nursing students nationwide to participate in service projects in their schools and communities. 

The UOG chapter won $100 and will also be recognized at the NSNA Annual Convention this April in Salt Lake City.

“I’m so proud of all of these students. I know they warmed the hearts of our elders at St. Dominic's,” said Margaret Hattori-Uchima, dean of the UOG School of Health. “Kudos to Ms. Vicky Alave and Ms. Antoinette Kleiner, the faculty advisors who ensured the event was conducted in a safe manner due to the pandemic and who have been with the students through all their community outreach work.”