Kim Malsam-Rysdon, Secretary of Health

South Dakota Board of Nursing

The South Dakota Board of Nursing is authorized by the state of South Dakota to safeguard life, health and the public welfare; and to protect citizens from unauthorized, unqualified and improper application of nursing practices. The practice of nursing pursuant to SDCL 36-9 allows nurses to perform other acts that require education and training consistent with professional standards as prescribed by the board, by rules promulgated pursuant to chapter 1-26, and commensurate with the nurse's education, demonstrated competence, and experience.  

Practice and Delegation Decisioning Guides

Nurses and employers are encouraged to use the Scope of Practice Decision-making Framework as a guide to making decisions on whether a specific task, intervention, or activity is, or is not, in a RN's or LPN's scope. 

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses are encouraged to use the APRN Scope of Practice Decisioning Algorithm.

Nurses and employers are also encouraged to use the Delegation Decision Making Algorithm to guide whether specific nursing tasks may be delegated to unlicensed assistive personnel, e.g. patient care techs, medication aides, certified nurse aides.

Advisory Opinions & Position Statements

The Board of Nursing also issues opinions, position statements, or resolutions as to what constitutes safe nursing practice.  These statements are not regulations of the Board and do not have the force and effect of law but are issued as guidelines to licensees who wish to engage in safe nursing practice, and to facilitate the delivery of safe, effective nursing care to the public.


Contact Linda Young for more information.