One of the core functions of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) is to maintain a register, known as the "Register of Nurses and Midwives" or the Register, for short. You must be on NMBI’s register to practice as a nurse or midwife in Ireland. Registration with NMBI assures the public, employers and colleagues that a nurse or midwife:
- Has the qualifications needed to practise
- Has not had his or her name removed from the Register for misconduct
- Is working in a regulated profession
Over 63,600 of our registered nurses and midwives (registrants) are on our "active" Register. This means that the registrant is eligible to practice, once they have fulfilled any other conditions needed to maintain their registration. To practise as a nurse or midwife in the Republic of Ireland registrants must:
- Be on our Active Register
- Pay the Annual Retention Fee
- Comply with any fitness to practice restrictions or conditions attached to their registration
Structure of our Register
The Register is sub-divided ten divisions of the Register and each has different education requirements. A nurse or midwife can only practise in a division or division in which he or she is registered. An example of a division of our Register is the Psychiatric Nurse Division. Find out more about the divisions of the Register on our Join the Register page.
Checking the Register
We maintain a Register which is accessible to the public. Anybody is welcome to Check the Register to see if a nurse or midwife is registered, and also check their registration status.
Registering for the first time
Trained in Ireland
If you trained as a nurse or midwife in the Republic of Ireland you will meet NMBI’s requirements because you will have completed a nursing or midwifery programme which we have approved. You can find out if the course you completed leads to registration with NMBI approval by visiting the Education Section and reading about pre-registration and post-registration programmes.
There are specific registration requirements for prescribing, and also for advanced practice which you can learn more about on our Join the Register page.
Trained outside Ireland
If you trained outside Ireland, we will need to assess your application to let you know if you are eligible for registration. Have a look at the table below to see which application group you belong to:
|Which of the following best describes you?||Your Group|
|I trained as a General Nurse or Midwife in the European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA), and I meet EU Directive 2005/36/EC (the Directive)||Group 1|
|I trained as a General Nurse or Midwife in the EU or EEA, but I do not meet the Directive ||Group 2|
|I trained in the EU or EEA in a division other than general nursing or midwifery||Group 2|
|I trained outside the EU or EEA ||Group 3|
Please visit our Trained outside Ireland? page for more information about Groups 1, 2 and 3 and how the application process works.
Maintaining your registration
To stay on the Register, you must renew your registration each year. To do so, you need to pay an annual fee, which we call the "annual retention fee". This fee is due on 1 January each year. We will send you out notification in advance of this date to let you know that the fee is due.
You will receive an "Annual Retention Certificate" 7-10 working days after you have paid your fee. This certificate confirms your registration details and the date that your registration expires. This certificate is very important and you will need to show it to all nursing and midwifery employers in Ireland. An employer or HEI may make a copy of this certificate; however you should always keep your original certificate.
Registering to practice in another country
To practise outside of Ireland as a nurse or midwife, you will need to register with by what is called the "competent authority" in that country. This is the organisation within each country which is responsible for registering nurses and midwives. In Ireland, the competent authority is NMBI. The competent authority may ask for a Certificate of Current Professional Status (CCPS), which can also be referred to as verification of registration.
If you are registered with NMBI and you wish to work in another country, you will need to send a letter to NMBI to request a CCPS. The letter should include the following:
- Your PIN
- Your full name, address, email address and contact telephone number
- Name and address of the competent authority that requires the verification
- CCPS fee - see fees and methods of payment for details
We will then send a CCPS to the competent authority on your behalf. This certificate confirms your initial registration date, the current status of your registration, your expiry date, the qualifications you hold on our register and your training dates. It will also confirm if you meet EU Directive 2005/36/EC.
If you have restrictions or conditions attached to your registration, or if you are in the process of having a complaint reviewed by the Fitness to Practice department, we will include this information on your CCPS. If this is the case, we will request your permission before we send the CCPS.
How to make a complaint about a nurse or midwife on our Register
The role of NMBI is to protect the public in its dealings with nurses and midwives. You may want to make a complaint to NMBI, if you are concerned about the behaviour, conduct, practice or health of a nurse or midwife, or if you are dissatisfied with the care received from them. For information about how to make a complaint, please visit the reporting misconduct section on our website.