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Nurse Registration Programmes: standards and requirements  

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) publish standards and requirements for Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) and Health Care Providers (HCPs) involved in the education and registration of nurses in relation to the development, delivery and evaluation of nurse registration education programmes.

This document was published in 2005 and is the current standards and requirements for HEIs and HCPs who provide undergraduate nurse registration programmes of education.  From 1st September 2018 the newly published standards and requirements come into effect.

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Requirements and Standards for Nurse Registration Education Programme

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The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) launched updated standards and requirements for Nurse Registration Programmes in February 2016, but will come into effect 1 September 2018. They are designed to provide guidance to Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and Health Service Providers on the education of registered nurses of the relevant divisions of the Register of Nurses and Midwives. 

They were developed over a two year period and followed closely on the recommendations of the Report of the Review of Undergraduate Nursing and Midwifery Programmes (Department of Health).

The standards and requirements are considered by NMBI to be essential for the development, delivery, monitoring and evaluation of standards of initial education programmes for the nursing profession.   

Please note: these standards and requirements come into effect 1 September 2018.

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Nurse Registration Programmes standards and requirements

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Self-Assessment Audit Tool:

In order to demonstrate that a Nurse Registration Programmes is fit for purpose and meets the criteria for professional approval as outlined by  NMBI (2016) Nurse Registration Programmes Standards and Requirements. The education provider is required to complete and return the attached Self-Assessment Audit Tool. The self-assessment audit tool reflects the criterion and standard statements plus a series of indicators outlined in NMBI (2016)  section 3.2 Standards for the Approval of the Higher Education Institutions and Associated Health Care Provider Services and Educational Programmes Leading to Registration.
Reference:  NMBI (2016) Nurse Registration Programmes Standards and Requirements. 4th edn. Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland, Dublin.

Self Assessment Audit Tool document 

Please return the completed Self Assessment Audit Tool document  to


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