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NMBI register (Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland)

In order to work as a nurse in Ireland one must be registered on the NMBI register. There are two ways to achieve this as follows:

1.Undertake a clinical adaptation and assessment in an NMBI approved healthcare facility which can take between 6 - 12 weeks, or

2.Sit the RSCI Aptitude Test which takes place over the course of two weekends.

Licensing/ Registration as a nurse in Ireland

We will assess your ability to be eligible to register/ license as a nurse in Ireland. We will provide a free MOCK IELTS/ OET English language assessment and following this you may be selected for a free IELTS or OET training!

To determine if you meet the NMBI registration criteria

1. You must hold a current registration, or licence without restriction, with the competent authority in the country in which you qualified or have been practising

2. If you completed your nurse/midwifery Registration education programme more than five years prior to the date of application, you must have practiced for at least 12 months during that five-year period.

3. Meet English language competence requirements (see below)

4. We will arrange to call you to do an initial assessment of your English language skills and in turn ask you to take a free MOCK IELTS or free MOCK OET exam

English language requirements

Please refer to the tables below for the minimum levels in each of the tests that are accepted by NMBI:

IELTS Academic Test Minimum scores

Listening 6.5

Reading 6.5

Writing 7.0

Speaking 7.0

Overall 7.0

OET Minimum scores

Listening C+

Reading C+

Writing B

Speaking B

Please note that:

o NMBI only accept IELTS/OET test results that are less than two years old. If your test results are out of date, you will need to re-sit the IELTS/OET

o You must provide IELTS Academic Test Report Form (TRF) number OR OET Candidate Number as part of Step 1 of the application process, detailed in the next section

o NMBI will independently verify your scores

o NMBI only accept one test result and do not accept combined results

What happens once I pass the IELTS/ OET exam?

Professional Connections will guide and assist you with each part of the process. 

Registration process

As an overseas nurse you are Group 3

Step 1- Overseas registration application form request

Step 2- Overseas registration application pack

Step 3- Forms and documents from the relevant authoritiesProfessional Connections www.profco.com 14

Step 4- NMBI carries out an assessment of your application

Step 5- You will receive a decision letter from the NMBI.

Track your application

As part of the application process, you will be given details of how to logon to the NMBI website through the My Account section, www.NMBI.ie/My-Account. You will be able to check on the status of yourapplication and what documents are outstanding through the Track My Application webpage.

When NMBI have satisfactorily received all of the information we require for your application, a full education assessment will be conducted. An educational assessor will examine your application file in detail. The assessor will calculate whether the theory and clinical content of your training programme meets NMBI's requirements. He/she will also assess the content of the training programme to check if it meets their education requirements.

The decision letter issued by NMBI will detail one of four possible outcomes of the assessment process:

1. Eligible for registration

2. Further information required

3. Required to successfully complete a period of adaptation and assessment/Aptitude Test before NMBI can register you. You can undertake a clinical adaptation and assessment in an NMBI approved healthcare facility which can take between 6 - 12 weeks which Professional Connections will organise for you with your employing hospital or you can sit the RSCI Aptitude Test which takes place over the course of two weekends.

4. Refused registration

Adaptation and assessment

An "adaptation and assessment/Aptitude Test" decision means that you need to successfully complete a supervised placement in an Irish health care facility/or undertake the Aptitude Test, before you can be registered. This decision is taken based on the education assessment.

NMBI will place your name on their Candidate Register for the duration of this placement/Aptitude Test, and they we will issue you with a Candidate Certificate.

How to secure your adaptation and assessment placement?

The decision letter will include details of how to join our Candidate Register and information about adaptation and assessment. You cannot start your placement until you have your Candidate Certificate.Professional Connections will organise your placement with your employer. 

After your placement

At the end of your placement, the Director of Nursing or Midwifery will be asked to recommend whetheror not you are eligible for registration. If you are recommended for registration, we will inform you and request the registration fee. After you pay the registration fee, NMBI will finalise your registration and issue your registration details within 7 - 10 working days.

If the Director of Nursing or Midwifery does not recommend you for registration, then you will receive a letter confirming that you have been refused registration.

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