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Everything you need to know about Travel Nursing in South Dakota

South Dakota is a true hidden gem! With a cost of living under the national average, a consistent demand for travel healthcare professionals, a ton to see and do here, it’s a great choice for travel nurses. From the Badlands to the Black Hills, Deadwood to Sioux Falls, Crazy Horse to Mount Rushmore, and Jewel Cave to Wind Cave, there’s so much to see here. Speaking of caves, let’s dig deeper into what makes South Dakota a traveler favorite and a great spot for your next travel nursing assignment.

South Dakota is a great location for healthcare pros who want to start or continue their travel nurse or travel allied health career with a lower cost of living and everything else this unique state has to offer! Medical Solutions offers you access to tons of travel nurse jobs with wonderful pay and comprehensive benefits — including day-one medical, dental, and vision insurance; 401(k) with company match; a free employee assistance program; unlimited loyalty and referral bonuses; and much more.

Best Hospitals in South Dakota

U.S. News & World Report’s 2020/2021 Best Hospitals list evaluated 64 hospitals in South Dakota — two of which met high U.S. News standards and are ranked in the state. The #1-ranked South Dakota hospital Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, which also ranked “High Performing” in gastroenterology and GI surgery, orthopedics, and pulmonary and lung surgery, as well as 14 additional procedures and conditions. The #2 rank is Avera McKennan hospital and University Health Center in Sioux Falls, which is also ranked #48 in the nation for pulmonary and lung surgery, as well as “High Performing” in two additional specialties and seven procedures/conditions. South Dakota is also home to many other great facilities and clinics that consistently need travelers.

U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 Best States list ranked South Dakota at #15 overall, as well as #2 for fiscal stability and #3 for natural environment. With its high overall rank, Midwestern charm, and unique geography, South Dakota is a wonderful state for travel nurses. Here you can work at enjoy a cost of living under the national average, explore the state’s natural beauty, and get great benefits!

South Dakota Nurse Licensure

South Dakota is currently a member of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). The NLC lets nurses practice reciprocally in other NLC states without having to get additional state licenses. New states frequently join so keep an eye on the latest NLC map. Our licensing team and your recruiter are always here to help you with South Dakota licensing questions.

To Do and See in South Dakota

The Mount Rushmore State offers much more to do and see than its famous presidential mountainside. From cool cities to outdoor adventures and stunning nature, you’ll have a blast exploring South Dakota on your days off.   

Some must-dos and must-sees here include the iconic Black Hills, Badlands National Park with its otherworldly rugged beauty, Custer State Park with its roaming buffalo, the cool depths of Wind Cave and Jewel Cave, Spearfish Canyon with its wonderful waterfalls and ponderosa, Mammoth Site, Crazy Horse Memorial, Deadwood, and so much more! Wall Drug is another favorite with its over the top vibe, especially if you’re traveling with kids. And, as previously mentioned, the famed Mount Rushmore.    

After a long day of hiking or sight-seeing, you’ll be ready for some iconic South Dakota eats. Dig into favorite cuisine like Indian tacos, bierocks, Rocky Mountain oysters, kolaches, chili and cinnamon rolls, chislic, kuchen, walleye, pheasant, and bison.

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Quick South Dakota Facts

  • State Nickname: The Mount Rushmore State
  • Capital City: Pierre
  • Largest Cities: Sioux Falls, Rapid City, Aberdeen, Brookings, Watertown
  • Charming Towns: Keystone, Deadwood, Wall, Hill City, Spearfish
  • Cost of Living: 29th-lowest cost of living in U.S.
  • Average RN Salary: $60,540
  • Random Trivia: When the Crazy Horse Monument and Memorial is completed it will be the largest sculpture in South Dakota, with two 17-feet wide eyes and a 87-feet-high head.

We connect care by staffing top healthcare facilities in South Dakota with brilliant Travel Nurses.


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Personalized Pay Packages

Travel Nurses working in South Dakota enjoy a personalized payment package with great wage rates, licensure and certification reimbursement, a 401(k) with an immediately vested company contribution, loyalty and referral bonuses, and more.

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Great Benefits

We offer our travel nurses and travel allied health professionals day one medical, dental, and vision insurance, plus the option of several additional voluntary benefits, including life, long-term disability, critical illness, accident, hospital indemnity, and AD&D insurance.

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Employee Assistance Program

Current travelers also have automatic, free access to our employee assistance program (EAP) through Cigna, which includes eight free counseling sessions and many more free resources to support you and your family in every facet of life.

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Travel Nurse Housing

When it comes to making a home in your latest location, Medical Solutions travelers have the option of company-provided, private, fully furnished, secure, pet-friendly housing arranged by our expert housing team or a non-taxable housing stipend that helps you arrange and pay for your own housing costs, depending on your eligibility and location.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to your questions about South Dakota Travel Nursing Jobs with Medical Solutions and Travel Nursing in general.

Simply apply here. You can also call us at 1.866.633.3548 and speak with a recruiter, who can answer your questions and send you an information packet. All we need to begin is your application and resume. Once we receive your information, we can begin discussing potential assignments that fit your profile. When you find a job you want, your recruiter will submit you for the job and walk you through the process from there.
Most assignments are 13 weeks in length, but we’ve seen them as short as four weeks and as long as 24. You are obligated to finish your assignment as contracted, but there is no contract binding you to work more assignments afterward. You can take a new assignment right after your last or take a break. It’s all up to you!
Many states are in the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC), which allows you reciprocal rights to practice in compact states. If you need to obtain a new state license, your Recruiter can tell you exactly how much time is necessary to apply for it and the cost. If a new license is required for your assignment, Medical Solutions will reimburse you for the cost!