The healthcare industry in South Dakota serves a multi-state region that includes North Dakota and Montana, and many nursing jobs are needed. Despite an 80 percent increase of nursing students in the past decade, there is still a projected shortage of 2,000 nurses in coming years. There is heightened concern in rural areas that includes an aging American Indian population, which is the largest minority group in the state. The good news is that interest in nursing jobs in South Dakota is increasing as demand does; it.s just a matter of whether or not it can keep up.
Clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) are advanced practice nurses that provide direct patient care and expert consultations in a chosen specialty, such as public health or neonatal nursing. To become a CNS, a licensed RN must earn a master?s and pass a certification exam in the chosen specialization, such as the exams offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) that are accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies and the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects excellent, overall job growth for registered nurses?especially for CNSs, who increasingly replace physicians as more affordable primary care providers.