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.
Experienced registered nurses may become registered nurse consultants in their particular area of expertise. Some become legal nurse consultants (LNCs) and help attorneys with the medical aspects of their cases. Some nurses choose to become lactation consultants to help new mothers that are having trouble breastfeeding. Registered nurses also become consultants for government agencies for issues like childhood obesity awareness campaigns and HIV/AIDS prevention campaigns, and help to prepare plans in case of natural disasters or biological terrorism. Registered nurse consultants should usually be advanced practice nurses, credentialed in their specialty and/or have several years of relevant experience. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts excellent, overall job growth for registered nurses.