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Sanctions in cases against nurses and midwives

If the Board’s Fitness to Practise Committee (FTPC) makes findings against a registered nurse or a registered midwife, the Board will consider the sanction to be imposed. The Board must impose one or more of the following sanctions:

  • An advice or admonishment, or a censure, in writing.
  • A censure in writing and a fine not exceeding €2,000.
  • The attachment of conditions to the nurse or midwife’s registration, including restrictions on the practice that the nurse or midwife may engage in.
  • The transfer of the nurse or midwife’s registration to another division of the Register of nurses and midwives.
  • The suspension of the nurse or midwife’s registration for a specified period.
  • The cancellation of the nurse or midwife’s registration from the Register of Nurses and Midwives or a division of that Register.
  • A prohibition from applying for a specified period for the restoration of the nurse or midwife’s registration in the Register of nurses and midwives or a division.

The FTPC makes its decision at the end of an inquiry and having considered the evidence. The Committee then prepares a report in which it states whether or not findings have been made against the nurse or midwife have been proven. The report may also include a recommendation about the sanction(s) to be imposed.

This report is then given to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) to consider. If the FTPC makes no findings against the nurse or midwife, the Board will dismiss the complaint.

If the Board determines that the sanction of an advice, admonishment or censure is to be imposed, the nurse or midwife may be notified of this decision straightaway. These sanctions do not have to be confirmed by the High Court.

Sanctions to be confirmed by the High Court

If the Board determines that any of the following sanctions are to be imposed, the Board must apply to the High Court for confirmation of the decision:

  • The attachment of conditions to the nurse or midwife’s registration, including restrictions on the practice that the nurse or midwife may engage in.
  • The transfer of the nurse or midwife’s registration to another division of the Register of Nurses and Midwives.
  • The suspension of the nurse or midwife’s registration for a specified period.
  • The cancellation of the nurse or midwife’s registration from the Register of Nurses and Midwives or a division of that Register.
  • A prohibition from applying for a specified period for the restoration of the nurse or midwife’s registration in the Register of nurses and midwives or a division.

The nurse or midwife has 21 days to appeal the decision to the High Court. 

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