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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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Careers in Nursing and Midwifery in Ireland


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Check your suitability 

One easy way to check if you are suitable to a career in nursing or midwifery is to take the student nurse/midwife Self-Assessment Questionnaire. It is an easy way to establish if your interests, abilities and expectations are a match for a career in either nursing or midwifery.

 

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 Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) which offer Nursing and Midwifery Degree Programmes. The HEIs 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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