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Education Department Supports and advises NMBI

The Education Department of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) was established to provide support and advice to NMBI on matters relating to nursing and midwifery education and training.

In 1994, nurse and midwifery training changed from a certificate / apprenticeship programme to a three-year registration / diploma programme. The four-year registration / degree programmes were introduced in 2002.

The Education Department is committed to ensure that NMBI continues a guidance role while providing for a registration / degree programme in nursing and midwifery.

NMBI has embraced and welcomed the concept of third-level education for pre-registration nursing and midwifery students. NMBI is vital to the success of this new development in ensuring that requirements and standards; and thus a quality framework for nurse and midwifery education are met. In this context, the Education Department conducts site visits to the third level institutions and linked health care institutions providing the registration / degree programmes in nursing and midwifery.

Onsite visits are required as a component of determining the suitability of third level institutions and health care institutions in respect of educational programmes leading to registration, as outlined in Higher Education Institutions section. 

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