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.
Diabetes management nurses are registered nurses that help patients manage their diabetes by teaching them about nutrition, how to check their blood sugar levels and how to administer insulin injections. Diabetes management nurse certification is voluntary but preferred by employers. The Advanced Diabetes Management Certification Program was developed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE), and registered nurses that pass the certification exam earn the credential BC-ADM. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts excellent, overall job growth for all registered nurses, with 22% growth expected between 2008 and 2018.