Many will remember North Dakota’s largest city of Fargo by the movie of the same name. What they won’t recognize are the cultural and shopping areas coexisting with the myriad of hunting, fishing, and other activities for the outdoor enthusiasts ensconced within the state. Bordered by Minnesota to the east, Montana to the right and Canada to the north, the state was the northern half of Dakota Territory until statehood in 1889. As if the natural beauty of North Dakota is not enough to attract nursing candidates, two top forecasters have listed North Dakota as a state to be reckoned with on the future economic front. Bloomberg Economic Evaluation of States Index, 2012 ranked North Dakota is the top performing state for positive economic growth. In 2011, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce named the Peace Garden State the second highest in growth performance since 2000.
Outlook for Nursing Jobs in North Dakota
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS May 2012 Occupational Handbook reports a 26% estimated increase is expected for registered nurses from 2010 to 2020. Gallup Job Creation Index, 2012, placed the state at #1 for the best jobs market in the nation. North Dakota maintains two unique services on its state’s website to aid potential employees in finding a position for which they are qualified. Personal assistance is available for relocation and for job searching via the Experience North Dakota link. Another site to search for available jobs qualifies as North Dakota’s largest job bank, Job Service North Dakota. Such factors, along with the 52 hospitals located in the state, make North Dakota an attractive proposition for a nursing career.
State Based Financial Aid
State grants ranging from $600 – $1,000 per academic year may be approved by The North Dakota State Student Incentive Grant Program. These grants are non-repayable for the approximately 3500 – 4000 residents that receive these grants each year. Recipients must attend be undergraduates attending a North Dakota public, private or tribal college