Be A Nurse: Take The Challenge, Make A Difference.

Nursing is a rewarding career that offers flexibility, growth, and most of all, the chance to make a difference in the lives of others. As the healthcare demands increase nationwide, as does the need for nurses.

The three most common types of nursing career types include Registered Nurses (RN/BSN), Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), and Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs). Education requirements vary for each career. Registered Nurses, for example, may choose to complete a two year program to become an RN, or complete a four year bachelor program to become a BSN. Obtaining a Bachelors of Science in Nursing can be a stepping stone to additional career opportunities with further education, such as becoming a Nurse Practitioner.

What Do Nurses Do?

Depending on the career type, nurses perform a wide arrange of tasks in a variety of settings. This could include assessing patient health problems and needs, developing and implement nursing care plans, and maintaining medical records. Nurses often administer nursing care to ill, injured, convalescent, or disabled patients and may advise patients on health maintenance and disease prevention or provide case management.

Nurse Demand & Salaries

The nursing profession has been flagged as a high-demand occupation in North Dakota and will continue to grow as nurses retire and new nurses are needed. The North Dakota Center for Nursing predicts 21 percent of current registered nurses will retire by 2026. By 2020, there will be 1.6 million job openings for nurses in the United States.

The nursing profession offers competitive salaries across North Dakota. Below is a listing of the average salaries of RNs, LPNs, and CNA’s in North Dakota.



Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics May 2016 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

Questions & Answers

Do you have additional questions about the nursing profession? Click the tabs below to see some commonly asked questions and answers. If you have any additional questions about the nursing profession, please feel free to contact our office.

There are many factors to consider along with many benefits to becoming a nurse. Here are a few:

  • Flexibility
  • Fast growing occupation
  • Plentiful job opportunities
  • Ability to travel
  • Range of workplaces
  • High job demand
  • Opportunities for advancement

A number of options are available to you in order to gain nursing experience. A great way to quickly gain experience is to become a Certified Nurse’s Assistant (CNA).

Also, each summer the North Dakota PIN Gerontology Consortium hosts a nursing summer camp specifically for rural high school students in North Dakota. To learn more about the nursing summer camp.

  • Practice good study habits and test taking skills.
  •  Take rigorous high school courses that include english, chemistry, biology, algebra, physics, psychology and computers/technology
  • Graduating from high school with 3.5-4.0 GPA is important.
  • Volunteer in a health care setting to get hands on experience.
  • Consider becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA).

Also, each summer the North Dakota PIN Gerontology Consortium hosts a nursing summer camp specifically for rural high school students in North Dakota. A short video about the camp can be watched by clicking here.

There are a variety of local, state and federal programs to assist with paying for nursing education. Visit our scholarship and loan repayment program page for more information.

We’ve compiled a list of nurses who have volunteered to give their time and knowledge to answer your questions on nursing career related questions. This list is sorted by geographical area and available here.

North Dakota offers an assortment of nursing programs at various colleges – both public and private institutions. For a listing of nursing programs and their offerings, visit our Education Programs page here.