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NMBI Statement Regarding Nurses and Midwives Registering in the Context of COVID-19

Home News Latest News NMBI Statement Regarding Nurses and Midwives Registering in the Context of COVID-19
March 25, 2020

​Currently, there are no delays in restoring nurses/midwives to the register. The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) has successfully registered over 500 nurses/midwives in the last week to support frontline healthcare services in responding to the COVID-19 challenge. In addition, there is a small number of applicants whose credentials and qualifications require additional assessment and these are being processed.

Currently, there are no delays in restoring nurses/midwives to the register. The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) has successfully registered over 500 nurses/midwives in the last week to support frontline healthcare services in responding to the COVID-19 challenge. In addition, there is a small number of applicants whose credentials and qualifications require additional assessment and these are being processed.

The NMBI has statutory responsibility for regulation, registration, education and standard-setting for nursing and midwifery in Ireland. Protecting the public is at the core of our registration system and is at the heart of what we do. To achieve registration in Ireland, applicants must meet the standards in terms of education and training programmes as well as having adequate clinical and theory hours. 

We are currently balancing the urgent requirement for more frontline healthcare workers with the ongoing need to protect the public by upholding the highest nursing and midwifery standards in Ireland. All regulators in the health sector are faced with this scenario, and we have adjusted our registration process by waiving the fees required for those returning to the register after a period of absence. The process regarding the registration of professionals is also currently the subject of emergency legislation to be introduced by the Houses of the Oireachtas. 

Beyond those restoring to the register it is important to note that if a nurse or midwife has a confirmed offer of employment in the Irish health sector and they meet the standards required for nurses and midwives in Ireland, we can expedite the registration. 

NMBI continues to rapidly adjust its COVID-19 planning including increasing the number of our staff and organisational resources dedicated to handling these vital new registrations and we thank all those who have stepped forward.
 

Notes

1. For nurses and midwives currently on our register:
We have over 77,000 nurses and midwives on our register currently. We know that 42,000 currently work in the HSE and that 15,000 currently work in the private sector (e.g. private hospitals or nursing homes). This leaves just over 20,000 who can present themselves for work immediately if they wish without contacting us. 

2. For nurses and midwives who were on our register and want to return to the register (restore):
The fee for restoration (return) to the register has been waived. These nurses/midwives need to complete the restoration form on the home page of our web site and email it to us. These nurses/midwives can be restored to the register in one to two days at the moment.

3. For nurses and midwives who qualified in Ireland
Irish qualified nurses/midwives can be registered within one to two weeks. In the vast majority of these cases we will have their details from the Candidate Register dating back to when they completed their initial nursing/midwifery qualification. We need letters of good standing from foreign regulators in the jurisdictions where nurses/midwives have worked before returning to Ireland. 

4. For nurses and midwives who qualified in EU/EEA (UK also)
These nurses/midwives can seek registration on a temporary and occasional basis. They need to apply via the European Union, Electronic Professional Card (EPC) system on the Europa website. Applicants who follow this route will be processed within two to three weeks. Applicants need to provide evidence of language competence prior to registration. Those who qualified in the UK will not be subject to a language test which will expedite their registration further. Should an applicant wish to be registered on a permanent basis a qualifications recognition fee of €350 shall apply. 

5. For nurses and midwives from overseas (outside EU/EEA)
Overseas nurses/midwives need to demonstrate that they have worked for 12 months in the last five years. Their linguistic competency needs to be proven and they need to hold registration or license without restrictions in the country they currently reside in. The qualifications recognition process carries a fee of €350. Once an applicant has met the recognition requirements to include the completion of any compensation measures (an adaptation period or aptitude test to bring them up to Irish standards) and provides evidence of language competence, the applicant is registered within five days.

6. For first-time registrants
If an Irish qualified applicant is registering for the first time and nursing or midwifery is their intended full-time career, a registration fee (€145) is charged. Intended full-time nurses and midwives should expect to pay their annual registration fee in every circumstance. There cannot be a distinction between those who are on the register and those joining the register for the first time.

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