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.
Gastroenterology nurses care for patients with intestinal and digestive disorders, including acid reflux, abdominal bleeding, irritable bowel syndrome, cancer and ulcers. An experienced gastroenterology nurse can become a Certified Gastroenterology Registered Nurse (CGRN) if he or she passes the national certification exam administered by, and meets the requirements of, the American Board of Certification for Gastroenterology Nurses (ABCGN). This certification exam is accredited by the American Board of Nursing Specialties (ABNS), and Certified Gastroenterology Registered Nurses must renew their CGRN certification every five years. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects excellent, overall job growth for registered nurses.