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1169 Nurses Join the Nursing and Midwifery Register to Fight COVID-19

Home News Latest News 1169 Nurses Join the Nursing and Midwifery Register to Fight COVID-19
April 02, 2020

The Nursing and Midwifery Board (NMBI) today announced that 1,169 nurses have joined the Nursing and Midwifery Register since March 1. The register has gone from 77,111 to 78,150 during this period.

  • Register of active nurses passes 78,000 for the first time
  • 784 have been restored to the register; 385 are new registrants

The Nursing and Midwifery Board (NMBI) today announced that 1,169 nurses have joined the Nursing and Midwifery Register since March 1. The register has gone from 77,111 to 78,150 during this period.
 
The 1,169 increase in the register is made up of 784 nurses returning to the register and 385 new registrations. During this period 130 also voluntarily removed themselves from the register.
 
The implementation of the Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (Covid-19) Bill 2020, has meant that previous registrants can be restored to the register without incurring any restoration fees. This measure facilitated 784 in returning to the register. 
 
‘We are delighted to see such an increase in qualified active nurses and midwives on the register, their commitment to the fight against COVID-19 is commendable; the Board and the executive would like to thank them sincerely for stepping forward,’ said Sheila McClelland CEO NMBI. ‘We are restoring qualified nurses and midwives who were retired and on career breaks from all over Ireland. Daily we deal with regulators and relevant bodies in Ireland and abroad to support faster processing of certificates of good standing, qualifications and language competency for those coming from the UK and beyond.’
 
‘Our staff are working hard on applications, resulting in up to 80 being processed daily. We continue to explore mechanisms to support all qualified nurses and midwives who want to join frontline staff.  We aim to do everything we can to support those who can and want to help,’ continued McClelland. 
 
As well as those who come to us directly, NMBI has confirmed the registration status of over 500 applicants who applied to the ‘OnCall for Ireland’ campaign through the HSE.
 
Nurses and Midwives – Self-care is important during COVID-19
 
NMBI wishes to acknowledge the challenges that nurses and midwives are facing with the spread of COVID-19 in Ireland. While nurses and midwives have a vital role to play in treating patients and containing the virus it is important that nurses and midwives of all levels of training and experience take care of themselves while at the same time wholeheartedly support their team.
 
Your employer will help you on this journey by dealing with any potential risks. If you have any concerns that put you or your patients at risk you should raise these with your manager directly to support safe practice. Open communication, self-protection and team support will help nurses and midwives to protect those in their care.
 
NMBI will do everything it can in this emergency to support you.
 
 
Notes to editors:

About NMBI

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) is charged with protecting patients and other members of the public while upholding the highest standards of practice for registered midwives and nurses.
 
Among our core functions are maintaining the Register of Nurses and Midwives; evaluating applications from Irish and overseas applicants who want to practise as nurses and midwives in Ireland; supporting nurses and midwives to provide care by developing standards and guidance that they can use in their day-to-day practice; setting requirements for nursing and midwifery educational programmes in higher level Institutions and investigating complaints made from patients, their families, health care professionals, employers and holding fitness to practise inquiries.
 
Our President is Essene Cassidy; our CEO Sheila McClelland joined the organisation in June 2019. 

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