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.
Legal nurse consultants (LNCs) lend their nursing experience and expertise to attorneys to help with the medical aspects of their cases. Several organizations and agencies exist for legal nurse consultants, though the main professional LNC organization is the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants. The Legal Nurse Consultant Certified (LNCC) program is maintained by the American Legal Nurse Consultant Certification Board (ALNCCB) and is accredited by the American Board of Nursing Specialties (ABNS). A registered nurse can also become a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant (CLNC), but this credential is not recognized by the American Board of Nursing Specialties (ABNS).