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.
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.