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Choose a career that makes a difference


Considering a career in nursing or midwifery?

Ireland’s healthcare environment has changed significantly, driven by changing demographics and epidemiology and the Government’s health reform strategy, Sláintecare. The professions of nursing and midwifery have responded by developing roles and functions significantly to enhance the quality of the patient and client experience. 

You may now be wondering what your options are in this changing environment? We have put together some information that might help you on your journey:

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Nursing/Midwifery Careers Booklet 2023

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Nursing careers: making a real difference

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Career information on Nursing and Midwifery

Which discipline of Nursing and Midwifery are you interested in?

You can study to be a nurse or midwife at one of the 13 Irish education bodies (EBs) which offer Nursing and Midwifery Degree Programmes. The EBs provide programmes in:

For more information on these programmes, visit the Undergraduates Programmes page. 

In what type of settings do nurses and midwives work?

Nurses and midwives provide clinical care for individuals and families in a wide range of settings, including, acute, community, residential and extended care settings and homes.  

What are the career options as a registered nurse/midwife? 

The career pathways available can be considered in terms of clinical, management, education and research. Whatever the path you take, you will have endless opportunities to learn and to build on your skills. Find out more about career options and advancing your career. 

Top reasons for choosing nursing/midwifery as a career 

  • You can make a real difference to people’s lives
  • Your work will be challenging, rewarding and offer you many choices and possible career paths.
  • You will work in an environment that supports learning.
  • You can specialise and learn new skills throughout your career.
  • You will have opportunities to work in Ireland or abroad in professions that are internationally renowned. 

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