Authorization:
Chapter 36-9 of the South Dakota Codified Laws
Activities:
Examination and licensing of persons practicing professional or practical nursing and approved curricula.
Organization:
Attached to the Department of Health.
Composition:
Eleven members appointed by the Governor as follows: 1. Six (6) registered nurses: Two from nursing service or practice and two from nursing education, at least one shall be: A certified registered nurse anesthetist, A certified nurse practitioner; A certified nurse midwife; OR A clinical nurse specialist. Two from nursing education: One shall be a faculty member or administrator of a practical school of nursing; and One shall be a faculty member or an administrator of a professional school of nursing. Registered nurse members shall be licensed as registered nurses in this state, shall be graduates from an approved program for the preparation of registered nurses 2. Three (3) licensed practical nurses: Licensed practical nurse members of the board shall be licensed as practical nurses in this state, shall be graduates of an approved program for the preparation of licensed practical nurses. 3. Two (2) public members. No person may qualify for appointment as a public member if that person or any member of her immediate family is then serving as a member of any other state licensing board or engaged for compensation in the provision of health services or the provision of health research, instruction or insurance. Each appointee in 1 and 2 shall have had at least five years experience with at least three years active practice four years preceding appointment.
Term of Appointment:
Terms shall expire on October 30 on the third year of appointment. Terms that end June 30, 2012, are extended to October 30, 2012.

Contact Info:
Gloria Damgaard, RN, MS, Executive Director 4305 South Louise Ave Suite 201 Sioux Falls SD 57106-3315 605) 362-2760 Gloria.damgaard@state.sd.us

Mission Statement:
The mission of the South Dakota Board of Nursing is to safeguard life, health, and the public welfare, and to protect citizens from unauthorized, unqualified, and improper application of nursing education programs and nursing practices, in accordance with SDCL 36-9 and SDCL 36-9A.