Overseas Registration Department Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland

The Overseas Registration Department Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland is under the purview of Ireland’s Health and Social Care Professionals Council (HSEPC) that aims to safeguard the public by guaranteeing only regulated and qualified health care professionals are permitted to work within the highly sensitive patient environment.

Overseas Registration Department of Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (RN&MB) is a commission that gives support to the overseas graduates of nursing and midwifery in Ireland.

Overseas Registration Department Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) has a legal responsibility to protect the public by ensuring minimum standards are met by all nurses and midwives coming to work in Ireland.

Your application will be assessed by the Overseas Registration Department based on the following criteria:

  • You must be a registered nurse or midwife in your country of origin or a nurse or midwife who has been approved for registration by an international body
  • You must have completed a program of education that was approved by an international body e.g. European Union of Nurses Association (UNESCO) or the International Council of Nurses (ICN)
  • You must have completed a program of education for nurses/midwives that was acceptable to the NMBI as being equivalent to Irish standards
  • You must not have any restrictions on your registration in your country of origin

The Overseas Registration Department will assess your application against these criteria.

  • If you meet them, you will be issued with a letter of decision from the Overseas Registration Department.
  • You may then submit this letter with your other supporting documentation to the relevant employers in Irelan

The Board’s quality assurance functions include:

  • Certifying eligibility to practice nursing or midwifery in Ireland
  • Maintaining a register of all nurses and midwives eligible to practice in Ireland.
  • Approving educational programs that prepare people to practice as nurses or midwives in Ireland
  • Approving continuing professional development programs that enable nurses and midwives to maintain their fitness to practice
  • Investigating complaints regarding fitness to practice issues
  • Undertaking investigations into registration matters where there is concern about the registration status of a nurse or midwife

Nurse or midwife applicants

Applicants are advised to read this information carefully before contacting ORD.

NURSE OR MIDWIFE APPLICANTS

Overseas trained nurses and midwives who wish to practice in Ireland must meet the following criteria:

  1. Must be at least 18 years old;
  2. have successfully completed a Nursing or Midwifery program within the last 5 years which meets the standards laid down by NMBI;
  3. have submitted evidence of fluency in English in accordance with NMBI’s International English Language Testing System (IELTS) requirements;
  4. provide evidence that he/she is entitled to practice as a nurse or midwife in their home country;
  5. provide evidence of good health and character.

General Information on the requirements for registration as a nurse or midwife in Ireland

Overseas registration is the process by which a person who has trained and qualified as a nurse or midwife in another jurisdiction applies to be registered to practice in Ireland.

The purpose of this section is to provide general information on the requirements for registration as a nurse or midwife in Ireland.

The information provided is only indicative and you should fully read this section and, if applicable, the relevant application form. Your application will be processed on receipt of all the necessary supporting documentation and fees.

There are two steps to applying for registration:

  1. The first step is to apply for an Eligibility Assessment; and
  2. If you meet the requirements you will then be advised to apply for registration as a nurse or midwife with An Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann / Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI)

Overseas trained nurses and midwives

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) is the regulatory body for nurses and midwives in Ireland. It’s our job to protect the public by promoting high standards of education, practice, and conduct among nurses and midwives. We do this by keeping a register of all the nurses and midwives who meet our standards to practice in Ireland.

We assess overseas trained nurses, midwives, student nurses, and student midwives who want to practice in Ireland.

We also assess Irish-trained nurses, midwives, student nurses, and student midwives who have completed part of their nursing or midwifery education outside Ireland.

All overseas trained applicants need to meet NMBI’s academic requirements as well as an English language requirement before they can apply for registration with us.

Pre-registration Programme for Overseas Nurses and Midwives

The Pre-registration Programme for Overseas Nurses and Midwives Ireland was established in 2010 by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI), in response to a significant increase in overseas registered nurses and midwives applying for registration with NMBI.

  • The program is designed to facilitate overseas qualified nurses and midwives to meet the required standards to work safely as a nurse or midwife in Ireland, prior to their registration
  • At the end of their pre-registration program in Ireland, non-EU/EEA graduates of nursing or midwifery programs must sit the State Examination in Professional Nursing or Midwifery.
  • Successful candidates will be eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) as general nurses or midwives. They may apply to NMBI for a registration certificate which will allow them to work as a nurse or midwife in Ireland.

Nurses and midwives who graduate from countries outside the EU/EEA must have their qualifications assessed by the NMBI before they can sit the State Examination. There is a fee for this assessment. The cost is €400 per application. If you move from NMBI’s Register of Nurses and Midwives to an Enrolled Nurse group, you will need to pay another fee when you apply to return to General registration following completion of your pre-registration program.

If your qualifications are not assessed favorably, you cannot sit the State Examination, and cannot register with NMBI as a nurse or midwife in Ireland.

How to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI)

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) is the regulatory body for nurses, midwives, and health visitors in Ireland. All nurses who wish to work in Ireland must be registered with NMBI.

  • To get registered, you need to meet the following criteria:
  • Have a qualification that is recognized by NMBI
  • Ensure your education provider has assessed your qualification and experience
  • Have proof of your English language skills – this varies depending on where you qualified
  • Provide evidence of good character and good health
  • Meet any other requirements as specified by NMBI

Rules and guidelines for how to apply for registration

To be eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI), a nurse or midwife must have been awarded a relevant qualification from a designated institution.

Nurses and midwives who were not awarded a relevant qualification from a designated institution are not eligible to apply for registration, in any category.

The NMBI’s website has information about the application process, including how to apply online, forms that need to be completed, documents that need to be provided with an application, and the fees and charges associated with an application.

To practice as a nurse or midwife in Ireland, you must be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI). You can apply for registration if you:
  • are a citizen of an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland, or have been granted refugee status or subsidiary protection under Irish law
  • are a qualified nurse or midwife
  • have paid your fees

Takeaway:

The Overseas Registration Department is the department within the NMBI responsible for managing the registration process for nurses and midwives who wish to work in Ireland. The department provides information on the requirements and processes relevant to registration. It also provides guidance on eligibility criteria and processes for international nurses and midwives to obtain employment permits in Ireland.

The Overseas Registration Department can be contacted by:

Email: overseas@nmbi.ie

Telephone: +353 1 6496070

Fax: +353 1 6496080