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INFORMATIONFOR APPLICANTS WHO COMPLETEDANEDUCATIONANDTRAINING PROGRAMME OUTSIDE THE REPUBLIC OF IRELAND

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INFORMATION FOR APPLICANTS WHO COMPLETED AN EDUCATION AND TRAINING PROGRAMME OUTSIDE
THE REPUBLIC OF IRELAND

OVERVIEW

Please read this booklet carefully before completing any part of the application form.
Failure to do so may delay your application process.
This Information Booklet is for applicants who trained as a nurse or midwife outside the Republic of Ireland and who are
now considering applying for registration as a nurse or midwife with Bord Altranais agus Cnimhseachais na hireann
(the English name for the organisation is the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland).

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI)

NMBI is the National Competent/Regulatory Authority, established under statute, for nurses and midwives in the Republic of
Ireland. An Board Altranais (the Nursing Board) was established by the Nurses Act, 1950. It was re-constituted and its
functions were re-defined and expanded by the Nurses Act, 1985. On 21 December 2011, the Nurses and Midwives Act
2011 was signed into law. Following the signing of Commencement Order S.I. No. 385 of 2012, the name of An Bord
Altranais changed to Bord Altranais agus Cnimhseachais na hireann, or, Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI).

The main functions of NMBI are to:

establish and maintain a register of nurses and midwives
ensure compliance with minimum standards specified by the EU
set and monitor requirements and standards for registration and post-registration education programmes for nurses
and midwives
approve and monitor such programmes
approve the third level institutions and clinical placement sites where such programmes are delivered
inquire into the conduct of a registered nurse or midwife on the grounds of alleged professional misconduct or alleged
unfitness to engage in such practice by reason of physical or mental disability
specify standards of practice
give guidance to the professions of nursing and midwifery
enhance high standards of nursing and midwifery.

Underpinning these functions is protection of the public and patient/client safety.

The titles midwife and nurse are protected titles in the Republic of Ireland and cannot be used by anyone who is not
registered with NMBI.

NMBI Register
NMBI maintains ten Divisions of the Register:
Registered General Nurse (RGN)
Registered Midwife (RM)
Registered Nurse Intellectual Disability (RNID)
Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN)
Registered Childrens Nurse (RCN)
Registered Public Health Nurse (RPHN)
Registered Nurse Tutor (RNT)
Registered Nurse Prescriber (RNP)
Registered Advanced Nurse Practitioner (RANP)
Registered Advanced Midwife Practitioner (RAMP).

Programmes in the Republic of Ireland Leading to Registration

In the Republic of Ireland all programmes leading to registration must have NMBI approval.
Some such programmes are at pre-registration level; some are at post-registration level; and others are offered at both pre
and post registration levels.
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All programmes are specific to the Division of the Register and each programme has an indicative content; a set of
competencies; and an associated scope of practice. There is a published specific set of Requirements and Standards for
each programme leading to Registration with NMBI: refer http://www.nursingboard.ie/en/publications_current.aspx

Pre-registration nurse/midwife education and training is at third-level-education Honours Degree level (National
Qualifications Authority Level 8).

Entry to the pre-registration programmes is at university honours degree requirement.

Division Pre-Registration
Programme Duration
Post Registration
Programme Duration
General Nurse 4 years

Childrens Nurse 4.5 years combined with General Nursing
Psychiatric Nurse 4 years

Intellectual Disability Nurse 4 years

Midwife 4 years 18 months for applicants with
RGN
Public Health Nurse

1 year for applicants with
RGN
Nurse Prescriber

Each programme has specific clinical/practical and educational
preparation requirements and applicants must be already
registered as a nurse/midwife with NMBI.
Nurse Tutor
Advanced Nurse Practitioner
Advanced Midwife Practitioner

Whilst there are two national languages in the Republic of Ireland (Irish and English) English is the primary language of
expression in most parts of the country. The business of NMBI is always conducted in English unless a request is made
to conduct business in Irish.

MAKING AN APPLICATION
Educated and Trained in Division for which Application is Made
In order to apply for registration in a Division of the Register it is necessary for you to have been educated and trained in
that Division. For example, if you were educated and trained as a General Nurse only, and yet have gained considerable
experience working as a Childrens Nurse, you will not be eligible to register in the Childrens Nurse Division of the
Register unless you can demonstrate the appropriate educational preparation.

Application for Registration in more than One Division of a Register

In order to be considered for registration in a specific division of the register, the applicant must have been educated and
trained in that division.

An applicant who has applied for registration in more than one Division of the Register must meet the requirements for
each Division applied for. A second registration is dependent on the applicants primary registration. For example, if an
applicant initially completed a general nursing programme and subsequently completed a midwifery programme, the
applicant must, if she/he wishes to apply for registration as a midwife, apply for registration in both the General Nurse
Division and the Midwives Division of the Register.

Hours of instruction undertaken during both the programme leading to primary registration and the programme leading to
a secondary registration can be combined, if necessary and relevant, to enable a decision to recommend adaptation or
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registration. However, if a second registration is requested, it is not possible when calculating hours to utilise the same
hours a second time (i.e. the hours can only be used once).

Applications Not Considered by NMBI

Application should not be made from the following:
State Enrolled Nurse only
State Certified Nurse only
Licensed Practical Nurse only
Vocational Nurse only
USA Associate Degree only
Nurses Aide only
Non-EU trained nurse or midwife who has not been engaged in the practice of nursing/midwifery during the five years
prior to the application date
An applicant who undertook only the June 2006 examination in the Philippines
Bulgarian qualification of feldsher only (EU/2005/36 Directive Article 23a)

SEN / SCN / LPN / Vocational Trained / USA Associate Degree:
Where an applicant with any one of these courses has undertaken further courses leading to registration as a first-level
nurse or midwife, then the application may be considered.

EU-Trained Applications where the Programme was Part of Secondary School Education:
A programme that was part of a Secondary School education is not acceptable on its own for registration. Sufficient further
studies/experience is required as compensation. It is essential to specifically reference the Articles of Directive
2005/36/EU regarding the situation for different countries.

With due regard to the above, the following steps should be taken in the application process.

APPLICATION REQUEST FORM

When you have fully read and understand the contents of this Information Booklet, complete the Application Request
Form http://www.nursingboard.ie/en/apply_forms.aspx

The name that will be used for registration purposes is as per the applicants birth certificate. Please be aware that it is this
name that will be used by NMBI in generating your Personalised Application Form. In the event that the applicant wishes to
be registered in another name, the acceptable evidence of such name change will be a marriage certificate or name
change by deed poll or other legal document.

In any event please ensure that you use the name exactly as it appears on the Birth Certificate or Marriage Certificate or
Deed Poll or other legal document (whichever is applicable to you).

The address to which you want the Personalised Application Form to be posted and that will be used by you for the
duration of the application process should be where you are residing. It should not be a third-party address or a care-of
(C/O) address.

NMBI will deal directly with the applicant or an agency. Such an agency must hold a current license issued by the
Department of Jobs Enterprise and Innovation in the Republic of Ireland. Refer: http://www.djei.ie/aboutus.htm
Communication will not occur with any other individuals or agencies.

This Application Request Form together with the appropriate non-refundable fee must be completed in full by you and
posted to:

NMBI
Registration Department
18-20 Carysfort Avenue
Blackrock County
Dublin Republic of
Ireland.

For Fee details refer: http://www.nursingboard.ie/en/fees_methods_payments.aspx
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The Fee is non-refundable.
Only one fee will be required regardless of how many Divisions you apply for at the same time.

When the Application Request Form and Fee have been satisfactorily processed, a Personalised Application Form that
contains a specific Reference Number will be issued. This Reference Number must be quoted in all communications.

NB: PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT AN APPLICATION REQUEST FORMUNTIL YOU HAVE FULLY
FAMILIARISED YOURSELF WITH THE FULL CONTENTS OF THIS INFORMATION BOOKLET AS THE FEE
WILL NOT BE REFUNDED

DECIDE ON THE GROUP TO WHICH YOU BELONG

You must decide to which group you belong:

NON-EU Trained Applicants

An applicant who trained in a non-EU Country and is applying for any registration in any Division of the Register.
Such applications will have to undergo a full educational assessment.

OR

EU-Trained Applicants who meet the with the European Directive
(EU Directive 2005/36/EC of The European Parliament and the Council)

An application for General or Midwifery registration that meets with the European Directive (EU Directive 2005/36/EC of
The European Parliament and the Council).
Such applications may receive registration without having to undergo an educational assessment.

OR

EU-Trained Applicants who do NOT meet the with the European Directive
(EU Directive 2005/36/EC of The European Parliament and the Council)

NOTE:
An application for General or Midwifery registration that does not meet with the European Directive (EU Directive
2005/36/EC of The European Parliament and the Council) plus application for a Division of the Register other than
General or Midwifery will have to undergo a full educational assessment.
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DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED

You must check the documents that will need to be submitted related to the group to which you belong, as follows:

Document Applicants who
meet Directive
EU Trained
Applicants who
do NOT meet
Directive
Non EU
Trained
Applicants who
do NOT meet
Directive
If
relevant
Personalised Application Form with photograph

Certified copy of Birth Certificate

Certified copy of passport page showing photograph and
number.


Certified copy of marriage certificate / divorce certificate / deed
poll


Transcript of Training: Form A: Main Programme


Transcript of Training: For all other nursing/midwifery
programmes



Professional Employment Reference: Form B


Certificate of Current Professional Status: (CCPS) Form C See Note

Evidence of English Competence: Form D
Graduate Nurse Programme/Transition to Nursing Practice:
Form E




Note: If you are EU trained you must contact the Regulatory Body/Competent Authority in the country where you trained
and enquire as to whether your education/training or clinical practice experience entitles you to Registration with NMBI in
accordance with European Directive 2005/36/EC. In the event that your Regulatory Body/Competent Authority confirms
that you are entitled to such registration, please ensure that you arrange for a Certificate of Current Professional Status to
be forwarded directly to NMBI from your competent authority. The Certificate of Current Professional Status must confirm
compliance with European Directive 2005/36/EC. In this instance, you will not be required to furnish Form A - Transcript of
Training or Form B - Professional Employment Reference.

Standards Required Regarding Documentation

Personalised Application Formwith photograph
Must be solely completed by the applicant in English.
Must be sent directly by the applicant.
Name printed & Reference Number must be on the reverse of the photograph.
Form must be fully completed must be signed.
If there is an issue regarding identity, a satisfactory explanation must be provided in writing.
If there is a gap in the work history, an explanation must be given & signed.

Certified copy of Birth Certificate
The copy must be certified as a true copy of the original by an acceptable person, for example: lawyer, notary public or
member of the police or post-office (UK).

Certified copy of Passport page showing photograph and number
The copy must certified as a true copy of the original by an acceptable person, for example: lawyer, notary public or
member of the police or post-office (UK).

Certified copy of Marriage Certificate / Divorce Certificate / Deed Poll
The copy must be certified as a true copy of the original by an acceptable person, for example: lawyer, notary public or
member of the police or post-office (UK).

Transcript of Training: FormA
Form A and Transcript must be sent directly to NMBI from source, by the university/college/school/hospital/health care institution
where the programme was undertaken.
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A detailed signed transcript of training must accompany Form A to include:

title of programme
start and finish dates
theoretical clock hours and content
clinical practice clock hours & areas of practice.

Clinical practice means direct-patient/client care.
Clinical laboratory hours are counted as theory.

Both sides of Form A must be fully completed. Form A must be signed and dated with an official stamp/seal.

The envelope/s containing Form A and Transcript must have proof of postage, franked or stamp or seal or courier identity
or name & address of sender.

Other Programmes
If you have completed other relevant nursing/midwifery programmes that you wish to be considered in support of your
application, a signed transcript for each should be submitted to NMBI, directly from source, to include:

title of programme
start and finish dates
theoretical clock hours and content
clinical practice clock hours & areas of practice

Clinical practice means direct-patient/client care.
Clinical laboratory hours are counted as theory.

The envelope/s containing the transcript/s must have proof of postage, franked or stamp or seal or courier identity or
name & address of sender.

If a college/university/training school fails to provide information in the transcript in clock hours, it will be necessary to
request this information again in order that an accurate calculation of hours can be made. This will delay the process.

Professional Employment Reference: FormB
The reference should be sent directly from the current/most recent practice-related employer. If the current/most recent
post is less than twelve months duration, a second reference is required from a previous employer.

The reference should be completed by the Director of Nursing/Midwifery or the Matron or the Nurse/Midwifery Manager. If
this is not possible an explanation should be provided by the applicant and attached to Form B. In exceptional situations,
references signed by the Human Resources Department or by a Doctor will be acceptable, where the Doctor is designated
as the Head of Section or Department where the nurse/midwife is employed.

A reference or references must be sent directly to NMBI from source. The envelope/s containing the reference/s
must have proof of postage, franked or stamp or seal or courier identity or name & address of sender.

Certificate/s of Professional Status: FormC
At the date of application, you must hold a current registration in another jurisdiction.

If you hold or have held registration in other countries/states or jurisdictions, a Certificate of Current Professional Status
must be forwarded by each Regulatory Body/Competent Authority.

If you worked as a nurse/midwife in other countries/states or jurisdictions, a Certificate of Current Professional Status must
forwarded by each Regulatory Body/Competent Authority.

A Certificate of Current Professional Status must be sent directly to NMBI from source. The envelope/s containing the
Certificate of Current Professional Status must have proof of postage, franked or stamp or seal or courier identity or
name & address of sender. A Certificate of Current Professional Status must be sent directly to NMBI by the Regulatory
Body/Competent Authority.
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If there is a gap of six months or more between date of programme completion & date of registration in the Country
where you undertook the programme, please provide an explanation.

English Competence Non EU Trained Applicants: FormD
English is the primary language of expression in the Republic Ireland. Therefore, proof of English language competence
(International English Language Testing System: IELTS) is required in cases where English is not the first language or
the primary language of expression.

English language competence is required at a level that supports communication and enables the applicant to practise
nursing/midwifery safely and effectively in the Republic of Ireland. Each nurse/midwife has a professional responsibility
to have a standard of English language competence in order to:

Communicate safely and effectively with patients/clients and their families in one-to-one and group situations
Assist patients/clients to communicate their needs and make informed decisions
Recognise and alleviate barriers to effective communication
Communicate effectively with other members of the health care team
Establish and maintain accurate, clear, objective and current patients/client records within a legal and
ethical framework.

The Test Report form showing evidence of English language competence (IELTS) must be sent directly to NMBI from
source. The envelope/s containing the IELTS document must have proof of postage, franked or stamp or seal or
courier identity or name & address of sender.

The Test Report form must be submitted to NMBI directly from the Test Centre where the test was undertaken the Test
(see Form D). NMBI must be nominated as a recipient for the test results with their Test Centre. Only Test Report forms
that have been forwarded by the Test Centre directly to NMBI will be accepted.

The test must have been undertaken no more than two years prior to the date of application or the applicant must provide
evidence of having worked full time as a nurse or midwife in an English-speaking environment since having completed
the test. The latter will be assessed on an individual basis.

Evidence of competence is required through completion of International English Language Testing System
(IELTS) Academic Test. (Further information on the test may be obtained on www.ielts.org

Applicant must achieve an overall bandscore of 7.0. A score in excess of the minimum requirement in some or all of
the components of the test will be required to achieve an overall score of 7.0.

Listening Reading Writing Speaking Overall Score
6.5 6.5 7.0 7.0 7.0

Whereas you may sit the test as often as you wish, the above scores must have been achieved at only one sitting of the
IELTS test. Results from more than one sitting cannot be amalgamated.

Even in situations where evidence of English competence is not required by NMBI, it must be noted that
prospective employers may assess the English language competence of a nurse/midwife.

Graduate Nurse Programme/A Transition to Nursing Practice: FormE
A Graduate Nurse/Midwife (GNP/GMP) programme (Form E) alternatively called a transitional, preceptorship or
internship programme, a co-op work experience programme, undertaken on completion of undergraduate studies.

If you have completed such a programme, details must be sent to NMBI, directly from source (the
university/college/school/
hospital/health care institution where the programme was undertaken) to include a signed transcript of training. It must be
verified as having been a preceptored programmes and must detail the following:

title of programme
start and finish
dates
theoretical clock hours and content
clinical practice clock hours & areas of practice

Clinical practice means direct-patient/client care.
Clinical laboratory hours are counted as theory.
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The envelope/s containing the transcript/s must have proof of postage, franked or stamp or seal or courier identity or
name & address of sender.

If a college/university/training school fails to provide information in the transcript relating to the clock hours, it will be
necessary to request this information again in order that an accurate calculation of hours can be made. This will result in a
delay.

Post-registration Supported Learning Programmes
Further relevant Programmes/Continuing Professional Development (CPD) may be considered in an educational
assessment and may be sent by applicant when forwarding the Personalised Application Form. Examples may include
relevant Certificates, Higher Diplomas, Bachelor and Masters Degrees or relevant CPD attendances.

Translations
The envelope/s containing the document/s must have proof of postage, franked or stamp or seal or courier identity or
name & address of sender.

NMBI takes a copy of the document and sends to the applicant for translation. The translation must be carried out by an
official translator and stamped to that effect. It must be stapled to the document that was sent for translation and both
forwarded directly by the official translator to NMBI. The envelope containing the documents must have proof of postage,
franked or stamp or seal or courier identity or name & address of sender.

The cost of translations is the responsibility of the applicant.

Document Expiry
The application date is defined as the date an applicants full fee payment is processed by NMBI.

At the date of application, the applicant must hold a current registration in another jurisdiction.
The reference/s, if acceptable, is/are valid until the file is assessed or closed.
The Test for English Competence must have been undertaken no more than two years prior to the date of application. If
the test was undertaken longer than two years prior to the date of application, there must be evidence of the applicant
having worked full-time as a nurse or midwife in an English speaking environment since having completed the test.

If at twelve months following application, all documentation required to assess the file has not been received, the file is
closed.

Where the file has been assessed and the outcome is other than to register the applicant, then the file is kept for twelve
months following the date on the decision letter, following which the file is closed.

Discrepancy between Documents
If there is a discrepancy regarding documentation or if there is a significant difference between the information received
from the one source, then clarification will be sought from the official source.

Identity Checks
You must complete an identity check in regard to all documentation and if there is an anticipated discrepancy in any
aspect of your identity you must write a detailed explanation of this and staple to the front of your completed Personalised
Application Form.

Examples of Identity Checks include:

The date of birth on the birth certificate and passport and application form plus any other documents where the date of
birth is present must correlate. If there are any discrepancies a clear detailed explanation must be provided.
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The photograph on the passport and application form plus any other documents where a photograph is present must
correlate. If there are any discrepancies a clear detailed explanation must be provided.

If there is likely to be any discrepancy in the name between different documents, a clear detailed explanation must be
provided. The name that will be used for registration purposes (unless otherwise agreed) is as per the applicants birth
certificate. In the event that the applicant wishes to be registered in another name, the only acceptable evidence of such
name change will be a marriage certificate or name change by deed poll.

TIMEFRAME FOR AN ASSESSMENT

When all documentation has been satisfactorily received, a final outcome should be reached within thirty working days.

OUTCOME OF THE ASSESSMENT

The outcome of an assessment may be to:

a): Register the applicant because he/she meets the EU Directive/NMBI Requirements and Standards

b): Refuse Registration because he/she does not meet the EU Directive/NMBI Requirements and Standards

c): Require that the applicant must successfully complete a period of adaptation and assessment as a pre-requisite to
registration with NMBI. Refer: http://www.nursingboard.ie/en/apply_registration.aspxx

d): Require clarification/further information
Please note that if there are anomalies or if insufficient information is submitted then clarification/further
information will be required, which will significantly delay the processing of your application.
The onus is solely on the applicant (except in specific circumstances) to ensure that all documentation is
submitted and where necessary to follow-up regarding any clarification or further information required.

WARNING

It is an offence under the Nurses and Midwives Act, 2011 to use the name or title of nurse or midwife while in the
Republic of Ireland unless you are registered with NMBI.

If it is discovered during the application process that you have provided fraudulent documentation, we will not continue the
application process and you may be prosecuted.

If you are successful in gaining registration with NMBI, and it is subsequently discovered that any part of your application
was fraudulent, we may remove your name from the Register. In addition, you may be prosecuted.

As the outcome of the application process cannot be predicted, you are strongly advised not to travel to Ireland or
purchase airline tickets before or during the application process.

Please Note
If an applicant has any query, the most effective and efficient way of having it dealt with is to send an email
to registration@nmbi.ie. Please do not call in person to our offices unless in exceptional circumstances and then only
with a definite appointment.

In all communication, please always quote the reference number.

An applicant may appeal a decision. Refer: http://www.nursingboard.ie/en/registration_appeals_proc.aspx
NMBI has no role or responsibility regarding visas/permits.

NMBI has no role or responsibility in organizing a period of adaptation and assessment or in assisting with attainment
of employment. If not already living in Ireland, it is strongly advised that an applicant does not travel to the Republic of
Ireland or purchase a travel ticket without having a confirmed placement for the period of adaptation and assessment.
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Useful contacts
NMBI
Overseas Registration Department
18-20 Carysfort Avenue
Blackrock
County Dublin. Republic of Ireand.
Tel: 00353 1 2669777
Fax: 00353 1 6398515
Email: registration@nursingboard.ie
Web: www.nmbi.ie
Visa Office
Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service
13/14 Burgh Quay
Dublin 2. Republic of Ireland.
Tel: Locall: 1890 551 500
Web: www.inis.gov.ie
Employment Permits
Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation
Davitt House, 65A Adelaide Road, Dublin 2.
Telephone: +353 1 4175333
LoCall: 1890 201 616
Fax: +353 1 631 3268
E-
mail: employmentpermits@djei.ie ht

IELTS
www.ielts.org
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