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.
Nursing informatics combines nursing science with computer science for the development, implementation and evaluation of clinical nursing information systems to improve the decision-making processes by medical providers and patients alike. Professional organizations for nurse informaticists include the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), the American Nursing Informatics Association (ANIA), the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) maintains the Informatics Nursing Certification Exam, which is accredited by both the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) and the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC).