It is an honour and privilege for me to serve as the Chief Executive of Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland and I very much look forward to working with you in the months and years ahead on the challenges we face as a profession.
Regulation of nurses and midwives in Ireland is not new. An Bord Altranais was established under statute in 1950 and prior to the foundation of the State we were regulated since 1909 by The General Nursing Council for Great Britain and Ireland under UK legislation. The raison d’etre for regulation is to protect and safeguard patients and clients - the public from unacceptable standards of care and practice. We as regulators protect the public in three ways:
The first is through setting the requirements and standards for the educational preparation of nursing and midwifery students to gain entry to the Register. Secondly, when on the Register we provide public protection through the provision of professional guidance and advice to nurses and midwives (registrants). The standard of formal professional development of registrants is assured through the approval of educational programmes at minor, major and special award level. Finally the public is safeguarded against impaired standards of competence through the robust fitness to practice function.