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Message from the former President, Paul Gallagher

The role of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) is the promotion of high standards of professional education, training and practice and professional conduct among nurses and midwives. With this in mind, I am extremely pleased to introduce the new finalised 'Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics for Registered Nurses and Registered Midwives', effective from 10 December 2014.

NMBI is mandated by the Nurses and Midwives Act of 2011 to provide for a code of professional conduct for registered nurses and midwives. This Code is the overarching structure that informs the regulator's framework of professional guidance to registered nurses and midwives, and is akin to the 'Constitution' for the professions. 

The development, drafting and finalisation of the Code involved significant consultation and discussion with registrants, other key stakeholders and most importantly the public over an extended period of time. 

The Code is essentially the first building block by the NMBI towards enhancing its role in the protection of the public and supporting registrants in demonstrating their professionalism for quality safe practice. 

The publication of the Code marks the commencement by the Board of an ongoing campaign of information provision to disseminate its professional standards and guidelines over the coming months. If you would like a printed copy of the Code, or if you have any queries relating to it, please email

Paul Gallagher
Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland

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Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics for Registered Nurses and Registered Midwives

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