Nurses and Midwives Act, 2011
On 21 December 2011; the Nurses and Midwives Act, 2011 was signed into law. This Act updated the provisions relating to the regulation of nurses and midwives. It has been commenced in three stages with the exception of Part 11 - Maintenance of Professional Competence, and any provisions of the Act associated with that part.
The Act more closely aligns the governance of the nursing and midwifery professions with that of other health care professionals such as doctors and pharmacists, as provided for under the Medical Practitioners Act, 2007 and the Pharmacy Act, 2007 respectively.
Following the signing of Commencement Order S.I. No. 385 of 2012, the name of An Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann Altranais changed to Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann, or, Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI). This change of name reflects the recognition of midwifery as a separate and distinct profession to that of nursing.
The Act enhances the protection of the public in its dealings with the professions, while ensuring the integrity of the practice of nursing and midwifery.
The legislation requires the Board to make rules in relation to the operation of its main functions.
In general, the rules provide the framework for the implementation of legislation governing the professions including:
- Establishing each division of the register.
- Governing the elections to the Board members.
- Providing for the collection of fees.
The following are the most recent Nurses Rules: