Emergency Recruitment Program

The Emergency Recruitment Program is a new program that is intended to assist with the current certified nurse aide staffing shortage because of COVID-19.  This program addresses shortages in skilled nursing facilities, basic care facilities, and assisted living facilities experiencing this problem across the state of North Dakota.

There will be up to 100 temporary nurse aides and certified nurse aides that will receive a $2,000 sign-on payment after completion of six months of eligible employment.

The first round of sign-on bonus applications must be received by the North Dakota Department of Health by 5:00 p.m. on January 31, 2022. Priority will be given to individuals employed with skilled nursing facilities. Notifications of award for the first round of sign-on bonus will be made by February 4, 2022.  Payment of the full sign on bonus will be made following six months of full-time employment.  Following the February 4, 2022 application deadline, additional applications for the sign-on bonus will be processed on a first come first served basis according to priorities established by the North Dakota Department of Health.  Applications will be received until the entire 100 bonuses have been awarded or the program ends.

Click here for a description of the program.

For more information, please contact the Recruitment Program at the North Dakota Department of Health Monday- Friday 8 am to 5 pm at 701-328-0731 or via email at nddohdoc@nd.gov