The role of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) is the promotion of high standards of professional education, training and practice and professional conduct among nurses and midwives thus ensuring the protection of the public.
The concern of NMBI in the protection of the public acknowledges the issue of quality in education, actual practice of nurses and midwives and the need for practice to be grounded in appropriate current evidence. NMBI embraces opportunities to develop, extend and strengthen the principle of partnership with all parties to the educational experience while maintaining its statutory independence. The Board believes that this partnership supports the principle of self-regulation being a privilege to the profession.
Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics
The new Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics has been developed by NMBI and is effective from 10 December 2014. The purpose of the Code is to guide nurses and midwives in their day-to-day practice and help them to understand their professional responsibilities in caring for patients in a safe, ethical and effective way.
The aims of the Code are to:
- Support and guide nurses and midwives in their ethical and clinical decision making, their on-going reflection and professional self-development;
- Inform the general public about the professional care they can expect from nurses and midwives;
- Emphasise the importance of the obligations of nurses and midwives to recognise and respond to the needs of patients and families;
- Set standards for the regulation, monitoring and enforcement of professional conduct.
The Code is available for download in the box below.
For more about the background to the Code, and to access the consultation documents, visit the projects section of the website.