North Dakota has been facing a challenge filling nursing jobs in recent years, but a recent report suggests that the state.s nursing shortage may be easing. The RN vacancy rate has dropped considerably since 2005, leaving hospitals in pretty good shape. However, demand for nurses remains high, especially for LPNs and in rural areas of the state. Also, North Dakota.s elderly population will double by 2020, creating a huge demand for all types of skilled nurses.
Infectious disease nurses are clinical nurse specialists that provide care for patients with infectious diseases and help with policy development. Infection control nurses identify and monitor infectious diseases and develop programs to prevent outbreaks. Infection control nurses also create response strategies against bioterrorism. Professional organizations for infectious disease/control nurses include the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). Registered nurses can take the credential exam maintained by the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology (CBIC) to earn the title Infection Control Professional (ICP) and add the internationally-recognized initials CIC to their titles. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts excellent, overall job growth for registered nurses.