North Dakota’s opportunities for on-campus nursing education range from the ability to obtain a vocational diploma as an LPN or RN to a doctoral degree at the University of North Dakota. UND, located in Grand Forks, also provides an LPN-to-BSN and RN-to-BSN program, an MSN in five different specialties, and post-master’s certificates in family practice and nurse anesthesia. UND also offers graduates an intense placement program that lists all placement listings throughout the state. North Dakota State University, located in Fargo, also offers a doctoral program, along with the BSN and MSN. Almost every other educational resource in the state offers the BSN, and many also offer the MSN. The University of Mary in Bismark is one such school, along with Dickinson State University in Dickinson. Jamestown College in Jamestown and Medcenter One College of Nursing both offer the BSN. These are just a handful of the schools for nursing located throughout North Dakota.
Statewide, the average salaries for LPN, RN and specialty nurses range between $13,000 and $75,000 annually, depending upon degree earned, years in the field, expertise and size of the health facility. The largest health care employers in North Dakota include Altru Health System in Grand Forks, Medcenter One Health System in Bismarck, Trinity Health in Minot, and St. Alexius Medical Center in Bismarck. The latter facility serves residents in North Dakota, northern South Dakota and eastern Montana. MeritCare Health System, which began as a small doctor’s office above a drugstore in downtown Fargo, now is the state’s largest employer, employing over 6,000 individuals in seventeen locations throughout the state and in seventeen regional clinics in Minnesota and an additional nine regional clinics in North Dakota. If you want to work for a smaller institution, North Dakota prides itself on quality care through all its medical facilities. One such place is the 25-bed Mercy Hospital, a critical access hospital located in Devils Lake. Other facilities are located in towns such as Jamestown, Turtle Lake, Cooperstown and Elgin, but many of these hospitals also serve a larger rural area.