As in many areas within the United States, North Dakota is also experiencing shortage in nurses. It is projected that there will be about 19% nurse shortage in the whole country in the coming near future. This estimate of percentage still does not count the present workforce who will soon retire. Since there is shortage of nurses in North Dakota, the state is also finding it hard to get Advanced Practice Nurses (APN), but the difficulty in filling in the APN positions is most evident in the rural areas.
There are about 56 medically underserved areas in North Dakota which affects around 34.56% of its population, and in that nurse population, only 7.5% are Advanced Practice Nurses. Another concern in this state is the salary of nurses because of the inconsistency between the rate of the nurse and his or her education. It is mentioned that Registered Nurses who completed an associate’s degree got higher pay than those Registered Nurses who have bachelor’s degree.
In North Dakota, good salary for nurses may be experienced in the urban areas while the worst salary for nurses may be experienced in the northwest region. In general though, the average salary of nurses in this state is at $59,000 which definitely falls below the national average. Aside from shortage of nurses and the lack of Advanced Practice Nurses as well as the salary of nurses in North Dakota, another concern that this state is experiencing is its problem with staffing because at the present time, North Dakota is also is great need of Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) as well as Registered Nurses (RN).
What is great about this state is that among the other areas in the United States, North Dakota has one initiative that other states do not practice, and this is what nurses perhaps appreciate the most, and that is they are heavily involved in the decision making process in the different health care facilities such as nursing homes, hospitals, assisted living facilities and HSC’s. Nurses who possess the highest levels of education are the ones who get the most involvement in the decision making in these health care facilities.
It is not only shortage of nurses that is being experienced in North Dakota, but also this state is also in high demand for nurse educators as they are the ones responsible in educating and training the future nurses of the state. In North Dakota, there are 4 schools that are registered with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, but these schools are all understaffed and are short of nurse educators, which then made them refuse enrollment to some 422 students who would have been well- qualified to enter the nursing program.
If only North Dakota can have more nurse educators, then more students will be encouraged to take up nursing which then can answer the concern with regards to the shortage of nurses. Additionally, if there will be a sufficient number of nurse educators within the state, then more students can also have the chance to experience the quality of nursing education in North Dakota.
There are top 5 schools of nursing in North Dakota that students of nursing can choose from. The following schools are:
- University of North Dakota
430 Oxford Street Stop 9025
Grand Forks, ND 58202-9025
Office: 701. 777. 4555
Fax: 701. 777. 4096
The University of North Dakota has been giving high quality of education to nurses for more than 100 years already and has in fact produced some of the very best graduates in the state. For its undergraduate program, the University ofNorth Dakota offers 4 courses which are: Traditional Track, Accelerated or BAC- 2 Track, LPN to BSN and RN to BSN.
Its graduate programs on the other hand offers several different specialized educations, and students may earn a master’s degree in the different fields of study such as Adult- Gerontology, Advanced Public Health Nurse, Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Anesthesia, Nurse Educator, and Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Aside from being able to obtain a master’s degree from this university, it also offers a PhD as well as a DNP.
- University of Mary
7500 University Drive
Bismarck ND 58504
Another good university within North Dakota is the University of Mary. The Nursing Bachelor of Science Program in this university offers a complete range of scientific, critical- thinking, humanistic, communication and leadership skills so that the students will emerge to be well- rounded nurses when they graduate.
University of Mary’s bachelor’s degree is the sole nursing degree that is chosen for practice in the different health care settings in North Dakota. The Nursing Bachelor of Science program in this university is approved by the North Dakota Board of Nursing and is also accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
At University of Mary, students may actually have the chance to use the most modern and up to date facilities in the different medical settings, and learning will also be very hands- on as there will be workshops and the like.
- North Dakota State University
NDSU Department 2670
PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108- 6050
North Dakota State University is among the best nursing schools in North Dakota. The strength of its nursing program is its faculty who are constantly abreast with the present trends by way of clinical practice, consultation as well as membership professional organizations and also local nursing groups.
North Dakota State University follows an 8:1 student/ teacher ratio to maintain its quality of education. This university produces a learning environment that is intellectually stimulating and at the same time adopts a mentoring relationship with its students.
- Minot State University
500 University Avenue West, Minot ND 58707
701- 858- 3101
800- 777- 0750
Fax: 701- 858- 4309
Among the best nursing schools in North Dakota is the Minot State University which offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing program which is a 4 year course of study and offers a background for liberal arts, the sciences and general education which is a minimum foundation for professional nursing.
At Minot State University, the graduates are ready to be generalist practitioners in nursing and are all qualified to take the licensure exams so they can become Registered Nurses. Its nursing programs offer experiences to its students that will meet human needs in a holistic manner alongside the health- illness continuum.
The Department of Nursing at Minot State University was given a full approval on May 2011 by the North Dakota Board of Nursing, and its Baccalaureate Nursing Program was accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing on July 2014.
- Dickinson State University
2911 Campus Drive
Dickinson, North Dakota 58601
Ph: (701) 483 2507
Toll- free: (800) 279- HAWK
Another good university where students can experience high quality of nursing education and can be found in the state of North Dakota is the Dickinson State University. This university has a wide range of choices in terms of degrees and also programs that students can choose from.
The aim of Dickinson State University is to nurture as well as enable the development of health care practitioners who are definitely most competent in the field of nursing. All the nursing programs at Dickinson State University are approved by the North Dakota Board of Nursing and at the same time is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.
The universities mentioned are only some of the best nursing schools that can be found in the state of North Dakota, but there are certainly more schools in the area where students can take advantage of good quality of education should they wish to pursue a degree in nursing.
Academic institutions that offers high quality of education is definitely not a concern in North Dakota, but rather it is the lack of the number of nurse educators that will hone and educate the future nurses of the state. If only this issue can be addressed at the soonest time, then more students will be inspired to take up nursing and in the same way, the concern with regards to the shortage of nurses will also somehow be addressed.
Perhaps the state can find more initiatives on how to attract nurses to work in North Dakota as well as think of ways on how they can motivate more students to enter the field of nursing and also get more nurse educators to educate and train the potential nurses of the state in a way that they will become effective nurses once they are already practicing in the profession. There is certainly hope to make the concern easier to bear in North Dakota if all the proposed as well as the implemented initiatives will be continued.
Since most of the areas in the United States are suffering from the lack of nurses, then perhaps a great scheme must be tried to be made so that this kind of concern will be alleviated and be given a solution.