Launch of our Statement of Strategy 2023-2025
On 26 April 2023, we launched our new Statement of Strategy which will run from 2023-2025.
As part of the new strategy, over the next three years, NMBI will focus on protecting, promoting, and progressing the nursing and midwifery professions. These strategic priorities will be supported through partnership and technology.
The strategy reflects the changing healthcare landscape and the need for nurses and midwives to be equipped with the knowledge, skills and resources to provide safe, high-quality care. It sets out a clear vision and objectives to advance the nursing and midwifery professions in Ireland and enhance patient care.
Some of the key priorities within the strategy include:
- Developing an online and in-person hub to support nurses and midwives from overseas to apply to join the Register in Ireland, and to adapt to working here.
- Reviewing entry pathways into nursing and midwifery to establish alternative routes, such as graduate-entry nursing.
- Working across health and education sectors to develop a plan to increase undergraduate student placement numbers.
- Implementing a more person-centred fitness to practise process to ensure a compassionate approach.
The strategy was developed following extensive consultation with nurses, midwives, educators and other key stakeholders. This included holding a public consultation which received 129 responses, as well as holding 15 meetings with external stakeholders and six internal workshops.
Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly TD said: "Nurses and midwives play an integral and important role across Irish healthcare. I welcome the publication of NMBI’s Statement of Strategy 2023-2025, which acknowledges this key role and sets out an ambitious agenda focussing on how the NMBI, as a modern and progressive regulator, intends to play its leading role in supporting the development of the nursing and midwifery professions over the next three years.”
The Chief Nursing Officer at the Department of Health, Rachel Kenna said: “I welcome the publication of this statement of strategy, which will help shape the future of our professions in Ireland. As Chief Nursing Officer, I am committed to supporting the implementation of this strategy and to ensuring that nurses and midwives have the resources and support they need to provide the best possible care.”
The President of NMBI, Louise Kavanagh McBride said: “As President of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) I am delighted to be publishing our new Statement of Strategy 2023-25. This strategy is the result of extensive consultation and collaboration with nurses, midwives, and stakeholders across the country, and it reflects their aspirations for the professions. Today’s publication is grounded in evidence-based practice and international best practice. On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank all stakeholders who took part in the consultation making this strategy possible.”
NMBI CEO, Sheila McClelland said: “We are acutely aware of the challenges facing Ireland’s healthcare settings in recruitment and retention. The objectives outlined in this strategy set out a clear vision and roadmap for the future of these vital professions in Ireland. I believe that this strategy will not only enhance the professional development and well-being of nurses and midwives, but it will also have a positive impact on patient outcomes and experiences. I look forward to seeing the positive impact it will have on our professions and the wider healthcare system."
Read the Statement of Strategy here.