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.
Intellectual and developmental disabilities nurses care for patients that have mental, physical or behavioral disabilities, including autism, Aspergers syndrome, Retts syndrome and more. Intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) nurses may help patients with speaking or other communication skills, eating, controlling bodily functions, becoming independently mobile and more. The major organization for intellectual and developmental disabilities nursing, the Developmental Disabilities Nurses Association (DDNA) maintains the Registered Nurse Certification in Developmental Disabilities Nursing (CDDN). The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts excellent, overall job growth for registered nurses. The median registered nurse salary is $62,450.