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.
Wound, ostomy and continence nurses care for patients that have wounds (including ulcers and those caused by injury), ostemies (artificial openings that allow for alternate disposal of bodily wastes) and/or incontinence. The major professional organization is the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society (WOCN). Certification is maintained by the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Certification Board (WOCNCB), and their CWOCN, COCN, CWCN and CCCN credentials are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC) and the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts excellent, overall job growth for registered nurses. The median registered nurse salary is $62,450.