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Registering as a Nurse in Ireland

Clarity Recruitment recruits permanent healthcare professionals for Ireland and the UK. We have over 10 years experience in the healthcare recruitment field and are known throughout Ireland as the most used agency that offers a high quality service.

Currently, we are recruiting Nurses to work in Ireland and we have several exciting job opportunities nationwide (hospital, nursing homes and community jobs).

Please find below all the information you need to know about working as a Nurse in Ireland.

All nurses and midwives wishing to practice in Ireland must be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI).

Registration can be done online through MyNMBI.

For applicants who graduated outside of Ireland, there are 3 possible classifications/groups:

  • G1 (Directive applicants): EU automatic recognition pathway under the European Union Directives and applying for the general nursing or midwifery division.
  • G2 (Directive applicants): Applicants classified under the general systems pathway and applying to any division other than general nursing or midwifery.
  • G3 (non-Directive applicants): Applicants who graduated outside the EU.

Therefore, if you graduated as a nurse in the EU, you can apply for automatic recognition of your qualification in Ireland.

To register with the NMBI, and if you have not graduated from an English-speaking country, you will need to present a certificate of English Language Competence.

The NMBI accepts the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) and the OET (Occupational English Language Test) as proof of English language competence.

IELTS Academic (minimum scores):

  • Listening: 7.0
  • Reading: 7.0
  • Writing: 6.5
  • Speaking: 7.0

Overall IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 7.0 in any three components and 6.5 in any one component.

OET Nursing (minimum scores):

  • Listening: B
  • Reading: B
  • Writing: C+
  • Speaking: B

OET with Grade B in three components and C+ in one component.

Please make sure you get the minimum score before sending the test results and keep in mind that they are only valid for two years (after that you will need to repeat the test).

If you need help with your English preparation, Clarity has a partnership with a language school that provides English classes preparation for the IELTS exam. Candidates who take this English course and get a job through Clarity Recruitment will benefit from a free English course (ie, the language school will reimburse the costs of English classes to candidates who are successfully placed by us). Learn more about the English classes here.

Recognition and registration processes:

  • Login on my NMBI
  • Select the ‘Overseas Recognition’
  • Answer all questions to allow NMBI to classify your application
  • Get all the required certified documentation and upload it to MyNMBI
  • Pay the recognition fee (€ 350)
  • NMBI will then review your application and email you the outcome (qualifications recognised, submit missing documents, if a compensation measure is required or qualifications refused for recognition)
  • Provide evidence of English language competence
  • Get all the required documentation
  • Pay the registration fee (€ 145)
  • NMBI will email you the outcome (registered, resubmit missing documents, registration with conditions attached or registration refused)

The overall process usually takes 4 months to complete.

If you graduated from the EU, you can also get your diploma recognized through the EPC and the overall process will only take 2 months. 

The NMBI requires applicants to provide certified copies of certain documents and these copies must be certified by an appropriate authority, such as a Solicitor or Lawyer or Notary Public, as a true copy of the original.

If you are applying to any division other than General Nursing, you will need to complete a period of adaptation and you will be given a link to MyNMBI to inform them of your choice.

All this information is available on the NMBI website. Learn everything you need to know to register as a nurse in Ireland here.

Once you are registered with the NMBI we can help you find a suitable job in Ireland.

There are several opportunities available for you to develop your professional career in Ireland. As a nurse, you can work in various areas, sectors (public and private) and with different populations. There are also many interesting general nursing roles available across the country or even specialised roles, such as radiology nursing, community nursing, clinical nurse specialist in pain management or an emergency nurse practitioner. You will always keep up to date on policies and procedures and have quite a few education sessions which will keep your practise and skills updated.

Check out all live nursing roles available here.

If you are interested in working as a nurse in Ireland and would like to apply for our roles, feel free to contact us at [email protected].

Posted on 03 November 2021
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