As healthcare communities continue to struggle with workforce challenges, lawmakers took up one measure that could help with recruitment needs in the future. Senate Bill 43 will authorize the renovation and creation of an addition for a health sciences center at Black Hills State University–Rapid City. This collaborative program will combine the efforts of Black Hills State University and South Dakota State University moving the number of nursing students from 72 to 120. Governor Noem is recommending spending $8 million dollars from American Rescue Plan funds on the project. To see a short excerpt from Senate Bill 43, click here.
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