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Protecting patients is our main objective

Protecting patients and other members of the public is at the heart of what we do at the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI). We are committed to fulfilling this objective by supporting registered midwives and nurses to provide patient care to the highest standards.

NMBI, formerly An Bord Altranais, is the independent, statutory organisation which regulates the nursing and midwifery professions in Ireland. We work with nurses and midwives, the public and key stakeholders to enhance patient safety and patient care.

Among our core functions are:

  • Maintaining the Register of Nurses and Midwives.
  • Evaluating applications from Irish and overseas applicants who want to practise as nurses and midwives in Ireland.
  • Supporting nurses and midwives to provide care by developing standards and guidance that they can use in their day-to-day practice.
  • Setting requirements for nursing and midwifery educational programmes in Higher Level Institutions.
  • Investigating complaints made from patients, their families, health care professionals, employers and holding Fitness to Practise inquiries.

We know that nurses and midwives work in a very challenging environment. But we also know that they carry out their work with care, kindness, courtesy, compassion and empathy. At NMBI, we see our role as helping nurses and midwives make the right decisions for patients and in their efforts to achieve and exceed standards of professional practice.

As an organisation charged with regulating nurses and midwives, NMBI works to ensure that we operate in line with best practice in all areas of our work. NMBI welcomes opportunities to hear from nurses, midwives, the public and others on any aspect of our work.

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