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North Dakota is facing a Nursing Shortage

North Dakota is facing a Nursing Shortage

The beautiful state of North Dakota is currently facing an enormous nursing shortage. Statistics from North Dakota Center for Nursing (2017) outlined 644 open nursing positions in hospitals by the end of 2016. North Dakota state educates, recruits, trains and attempts to retain several nurses every year. Unfortunately, the state cannot keep up with the demand in health care.

North Dakota Data

North Dakota’s population is currently 739,482 (United States Census Bureau, 2014). In this state, there are thirty-six Critical Access Hospitals, two Indian Health Service Unites, three Psychiatric Facilities, and six level II trauma centers. Our state has a total of forty-seven licensed and certified general acute hospitals alone (North Dakota Department of Health, 2016). This total does not include long term care facilities, basic care facilities, or clinics that all require nurses. According to the North Dakota Board of Nursing data of licensures, there are 13,974 Registered Nurse (RN) licenses, 3,342 Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) licenses, 1,296 Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) licenses, and 4 Specialty Practice Registered Nurse (SPRN) licenses. A total of 18,616 nursing licenses in the state of North Dakota does not necessarily mean that all of these licensed nurses work in the state.

North Dakota Center for Nursing (2017) calculated current nursing needs as 419 RN open positions and 207 APRN open positions. Thankfully, the forecast from 2016 statistics reveals 353 RN graduates and 47 APRN graduates intend to stay and work in North Dakota. The shortage in LPNs is predicted to continue in a severe shortage through the year of 2023. How do we entice more prospective students to attend nursing college?

Why become a Nurse?

Nursing is an inspiring career. As nurses, we make a difference in people’s lives. Nursing is a challenging and exciting career. Nursing careers are in high demand in our state and across the nation. As a nurse, you will enrich your life, save lives, and develop lifelong relationships. Nursing offers job security and career advancement; many licenses and several degrees are available. Nursing employers offer health insurance and many health benefits to you and your family. The nursing environment is challenging and exciting and offers flexible schedules to meet your needs. The average wage for nurses in North Dakota is respectable for the cost of living. Average wage for each nursing level: LPN $37,080-$41,590; RN $50,760-$54,480; APRN $84,340-$90,350.

Lake Region State College

Lake Region State College (LRSC) offers the Practical Nurse Program, Associate Degree Nurse Program, and a new innovative course especially designed for paramedics; Paramedic to Nurse Bridge Program. Lake Region State College is located in the beautiful community of Devils Lake, North Dakota.


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