South Dakota

The South Dakota Action Coalition is the driving force transforming health care through nursing in our state. Understanding that South Dakota has specific health care challenges and needs, we are working with diverse stakeholders to create and model innovative solutions with nurses leading the way.


If nurses are to be as effective as possible in helping to provide high-quality patient care in South Dakota, they will need to be better prepared as care becomes more complex and moves into the community. South Dakota is poised to develop solutions to address these trends. 


South Dakota will advance pathways for a diverse nursing workforce to achieve higher levels of education and training through an improved education system that promotes seamless academic progression and integration into practice.


Nurses bring a unique, important perspective to health care, higher education, business and policy discussions. Faced with South Dakota’s significant health care challenges, nurses at all levels must step up, and contribute their valued perspective.  


We understand that communicating the value of nursing leadership, and building allies are critical to providing opportunities for nurses to take on leadership roles. At the same time nurses must develop leadership competencies, and identify opportunities to contribute their value. We will provide ongoing training through Collaborative Nursing Leadership and the Art of Hosting methodology to for nurses at all levels.


Nurses are often the sole providers for South Dakota’s rural and frontier citizens. Establishing dialogue to identify practices, policies, regulation, and laws that best meet the rapidly changing landscape of rural/frontier medical practices in South Dakota will expand access to needed high quality health care.


To ensure that residents have access to the care they need from highly-skilled, qualified providers, the South Dakota Action Coalition is working to remove barriers that prevent nurses from practicing to the full extent of their education and training. We are working to convene an interprofessional group of stakeholders, including physicians, to identify steps to provide care to those in need. 

Interprofessional Collaboration

To ensure high quality, patient-centered care, nurses, physicians and other health professionals must collaborate in education and practice, and across all health care settings. 


We are building partnerships with diverse stakeholders, including physicians and other health providers, to encourage mutual understanding and collaboration and to integrate interprofessional strategies into education and transition to practice initiatives.  The Action Coalition seeks to promote a balance of skills and perspectives among all health professionals.


South Dakota’s population is becoming increasingly diverse, and many residents have unique health care needs. The nursing workforce must evolve to reflect these changing dynamics. 


We will work with our colleagues throughout the state to communicate the value of diversifying the nursing workforce to reflect the state’s population, while also looking to other successful programs as models for implementation. 


Effective deployment of the health care workforce requires information – data to tell us what kind of health providers we will need and with what skills. Yet major gaps exist in the workforce data we now have.


We will assist in further developing established infrastructures for the collection and analysis of workforce data to promote effective workforce planning and data-driven policymaking that improves health care for patients and families in South Dakota. 




Linda Young, Program Director, South Dakota Center for Nursing Workforce & Program Specialist, South Dakota Board of Nursing, Nursing 

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Jessica Cherenegar, Director of School of Nursing, University of Sioux Falls

Jason Lemke, Grant Specialist, South Dakota Area Health Education Center

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