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Protecting patients is our main objective

Protecting patients and other members of the public is at the heart of what we do at the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI). We are committed to fulfilling this objective by supporting registered midwives and nurses to provide patient care to the highest standards.

NMBI, formerly An Bord Altranais, is the independent, statutory organisation which regulates the nursing and midwifery professions in Ireland. We work with nurses and midwives, the public and key stakeholders to enhance patient safety and patient care.

In fulfulling our core functions, we:

  • maintain the Register of Nurses and Midwives and a Candidate Register for student nurses and midwives
  • set the standards for the education of nurses and midwives
  • approve programmes of education necessary for registration and monitor these programmes on an ongoing basis 
  • support our registrants by providing appropriate guidance on professional conduct and ethics for both registered nurses and midwives
  • investigate and consider complaints against nurses and midwives. ​

We know that nurses and midwives work in a very challenging environment. But we also know that they carry out their work with care, kindness, courtesy, compassion and empathy. At NMBI, we see our role as helping nurses and midwives make the right decisions for patients and in their efforts to achieve and exceed standards of professional practice.

As an organisation charged with regulating nurses and midwives, NMBI works to ensure that we operate in line with best practice in all areas of our work. NMBI welcomes opportunities to hear from nurses, midwives, the public and others on any aspect of our work.

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