There are certain steps to follow if you wish to become a nurse or midwife in Ireland, but it doesn’t have to be complicated. Take a look at this blog post to find out what steps you need to take

Ireland is an island in the North Atlantic. It is separated from Great Britain to its east by the North Channel, the Irish Sea, and St George’s Channel. Ireland is the second-largest
island of the British Isles, the third largest in Europe, and the twentieth largest on earth.

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Geopolitically, Ireland is divided between the Republic of Ireland (officially named Ireland), which covers five-sixths of the island, and Northern Ireland, which is part of the United
Kingdom. In 2011, the population of Ireland was about 6.6 million, ranking it the second most populous island in Europe after Great Britain. As of 2016, 4.8 million lived in the Republic of Ireland, and 1.8 million in Northern Ireland


The regulatory body for nursing & midwifery in Ireland is known as Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI)

The steps are highlighted below:

  • Get an international passport.
  • Register for IELTS or OET. Under the new protocols, the NMBI requires minimum
  • scores of 7 in listening, reading, and speaking but a 6.5 in writing.
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  • To practice nursing or midwifery in Ireland, you will need to complete two processes:
  • Recognition of qualifications – this involves the comparison of your qualifications with the Irish education standards and requirements.
  • Registration.

Advice for all applicants: aas the outcome of the application process cannot be predicted NMBI strongly advises that you:

Do not move to Ireland or leave your current employment, based on the expectation that your Registration will be successful. Please wait until you receive a registration decision before making any travel or employment plan.

Do not apply for nursing and Midwifery job until you have received a Registration decision, Applications cannot be fast tracked based on offers of emplyment, as this would be unfair to other Application

How to become a nurse in Ireland

Applying for qualification recognition in a division (specialty registration): To apply for qualifications recognition in a division of the Register, you must have completed a
qualification that meets the standards and requirements for that division. For example, if you qualified as a General Nurse with NMBI, you are eligible to apply for qualifications reecognition. However, if you qualified as a general nurse only and have gained considerable experience working as a children’s nurse in another country, your qualifications will not be eligible for recognition as a children’s nurse.

You would need to have completed an appropriate qualification i.e training as a children’s nurse that meets the NMBI’s standards and requirements before NMBI can consider your application for registration in this division.

If you want to apply for qualifications recognition in a specific division of the Register, and your training for that division was completed after your initial training as a nurse or midwife, there are some specific qualifications recognition requirements. For example, NMBI will need to consider your initial registration as a general nurse or midwife first before considering an application for registration in another division. This will happen when your application is being assessed.

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Stage 1: Recognition Process Overview – These are the steps required to apply for qualifications recognition:

  • Log into MyNMBI @
  • Set up an account.
  • Answer questions to allow NMBI classify your application.
  • The list of required documents will be presented to you.
  • Obtain all the required documentation (qualification certificates, transcripts,
  • NMCN verification etc), upload to MyNMBI (and translations if needed) and pay the appropriate fee. NMBI will then review your application and email you the recognition outcome.
  • Possible outcomes: qualifications recognized or submit missing document(s) or a compensation measure is required or qualifications refused for recognition.
  • The last two outcomes are provisional and can be appealed.

Stage 2: Registration Process Overview – These are the steps required to apply for

Log into MyNMBI

  • Answer questions to allow NMBI classify your application.
  • Provide evidence of English language competence.
  • The list of required documents will be presented to you obtain all the required documentation to MYNMBI ( with Certified translation of needed)These documents would include your work experience, references from your workplaces; previous and current – must cover the period starting from when you left school till the time of the application. They may ask for other documents depending on what they require from you.
  • NMBI will then review your application and email you the outcome. Possible outcomes: You are now registered or resubmit missing document(s) or registration with conditions attached or registration refused. The last two
  • outcomes are provisional and can be appealed.
  • Positive outcome will require that you either sit for the RCSI Aptitude Test( Theory and Practical) organised by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) or you undergo an adaptation process (usually in approved hospitals) to get your registration pin. The RCSI Aptitude Test or Adaptation Process is
  • referred to as “Compensation measures” in the decision letter that would be sent to you. You can look for jobs with the decision letter.
  • Then your employer would sponsor the exam or adaptation depending on the agreement.

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Ireland puts years of experience and specialty into consideration for nurses’ salaries. Hence, Ireland nurses are ranked among the highest paid in the world. According to the Salary Scales as of 1st October 2021, a staff nurse earns between 31,109 – 47,931 Euros.

Ireland, like every country, has been caught up in the global economic downturn, but this has its advantages. The cost of living is bearable especially for those living in

Ireland is a safe country to live in, it ranked 11th in the 2011 Global Peace Index for safest countries in the world to live in. In addition, the level of violence is quite minimal making it a great place to raise a family

Ireland prides itself on being a multicultural country. The number of foreign nationals giving in Ireland increased by 25% to 766,770 in the period between 2006 – 2011.
Foreign nationals are considered valued contributors to the development of Ireland and its exciting new culture.

Ireland has a reputation for its friendliness and welcoming atmosphere. In a 2010 article published in travel publishers Lonely Planet, Ireland was named the friendliest country in
the world.

Ireland is a modern economy with an extensively developed democracy within the EU.

In Ireland, you are surrounded by beautiful landscapes. You can hike, surf, climb, walk, bycle, or just relax and take in all the stunning views the country has to offer. There really
is something for everyone there.

The education system in Ireland is highly regarded on an international level. The opportunities are endless with regards to furthering your own education and developing
your skills and knowledge base in any of the outstanding learning facilities.

Ireland is an energetic, spirited, contemporary country with a youthful population and a thriving economy.

Ireland is easily accessible from Europe with reasonably priced air travel and a wide range of airports throughout the country including Dublin, Belfast, Cork, Knock and
Shannon. There are also excellent public transport and taxi services all over Ireland

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Abdullahi Suleiman a Certified Registered Nurse based in Nigeria, an Entrepreneur and Also a Blogger, passionate about Community Development and Cosmetic Nursing


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