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Standards & Guidance

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) is committed to enabling Irish-registered nurses and midwives to play a leading role in improving our health service. Supporting nurses and midwives to make the right decisions for patient care and also achieve standards of professional practice is central to what NMBI does.

To help nurses and midwives in their decision making, NMBI has developed publications concerning standards and guidance. These publications are listed below.

Scope of Nursing and Midwifery Practice Framework

This Framework provides guidance to all nurses and midwives in determining their roles and responsibilities in relation to the provision of safe, quality patient care. It encourages nurses and midwives to critically examine their scope of practice and expand it, where appropriate.

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Scope of Nursing and Midwifery Practice Framework


(PDF, 766 KB)

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Midwives Practice Standards

Registered midwives practising in Ireland must comply with these Midwives Practice Standards, as well as any other developments that impact or inform the evidence-based practice of midwifery in Ireland.

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Practice Standards for Midwives


(PDF, 330 KB)

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Advanced Practice (Midwifery) Standards and Requirements


(PDF, 355 KB)

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Guidance to Nurses and Midwives on Medicines Management

The guidance outlines General Principles and Responsibilities, the cycle of Medication Management, safety in Medication Management and Medication Protocols

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Guidance to Nurses and Midwives on Medication Management


(PDF, 425 KB)

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Prescriptive authority: practice standards and guidelines

This document addresses the professional responsibilities of nurses and midwives for their prescribing practices. These standards and guidelines for prescribing medicines should be viewed as the overarching mechanism with which a nurse/midwife is expected to practice.

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Prescriptive Authority for Nurses and Midwives - Standards and Requirements


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Practice Standards and Guidelines for Nurses and Midwives with Prescriptive Authority (4th edition)


(PDF, 321 KB)

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More Standards & Guidance

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Ethical conduct in research: Professional guidance


(PDF, 645 KB)

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Working with older people: Nursing Guidance


(PDF 1.81MB)

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Quality clinical learning environment: guidance


(PDF 1.17MB)

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Recording Clinical Practice: Professional guidance


(PDF, 614 KB)

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Social media and social networking: guidance


(PDF 1.76MB)

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Social Media and Social Networking Top Tips for Nurses and Midwives


(PDF, 721 KB)

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