Nursing Careers in Ireland
Nursing jobs in Ireland are open to all nurses, both newly qualified and experienced.
Qualified nurses who would like to improve their professional development and enhance their personal lives will find that Ireland can provide lots of opportunities to mature and grow in the Profession.
All Nursing Qualifications will be considered by potential Irish employers. We aim to match interested candidates / nurses with suitable future employers to the very best of our ability.
From our experience of placing nurses worldwide into Ireland, we have put together the following information for nurses intending to relocate.
The information provided is merely a guide to some of the common questions that reoccur and is intended to provide you with necessary information or direct you to relevant bodies.
If you do have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
1; Registering to Practise in Ireland;
All nurses, who wish to practice in Ireland must apply to NMBI (The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland) for their PIN (Irish Nursing Licence) to enable them to work in Ireland as a nurse.
Please refer to the NMBI website; www.nmbi.ie for all current information on registration.
2; IELT'S – English Language Competence
If you trained outside The EU or The EEA, you will need to provide IELT'S to NMBI ( The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland), as part of their Application Process to practice as a nurse in Ireland. NMBI only accepts International English Language Testing System (IELT’S) Academic Test, as evidence of English language competency. Please refer to NMBI website www.nmbi.ie and download “Guide for Overseas Applicants” for all current information relating to your registration process, including all information relating to IELT'S requirements (ie, minimum scores required).
Current IELT’S required;
Listening – 6.5
Reading – 6.5
Writing – 7.0
Speaking – 7.0
Overall – 7.0
*Please note that all above individual band scores must be met along with the overall score.
Adaptation: is a process to ensure any nurse not trained in Ireland and/or another EU country has a training period in Ireland to ensure compliance with and around medication and other Nursing Duties. There are two ways of completing adaptation in Ireland.
1; Through a hospital setting
2; Through RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland)
Through a Hospital:
This period of adaptation is usually 6-8 weeks (including an orientation week). It involves working alongside a mentor for 6 weeks in an ongoing and continuous assessment state. It requires the candidate to demonstrate clinical knowledge, medication management and bedside manner. Adaptation can and may be completed with a combination of day and night duty.
Once the adaptation period is completed and successfully passed the candidate commences work. They must now change their temporary NMBI PIN (Irish Nursing Licence) to a permanent PIN with NMBI. This can take 2-4 weeks but during that time the candidate can commence employment and begin orientation with the employer. There is mandatory training that all new staff must attend. All healthcare facilities in Ireland (both private and public) are heavily regulated and must adhere to certain standards. Please refer to www.HIQA.ie and review the Standards set out for Care of the Older Person.
The candidate has two examination days spread one week apart. The first is an aptitude test which requires the candidate to answer 100 multiple choice questions. Once this aptitude test is successfully achieved the candidate receives an invite to the practical test which occurs 1 week later in the same venue. The practical is set across a full day (8am-5pm) and aims to test the candidate on Nursing ability and competence. The results of this exam take between 2-3 days to come through.
The process for acquiring the permanent NMBI PIN (Irish Nursing Licence) is exactly the same as any candidate who would have come through the 6 week adaptation course.
Ireland is highly legislated in regards to employment. Employers are willing to assist you fully with your adaptation application and fee. They will also assist with your permit application and fee.
You will also be paid a token fee of EURO 7.79 per hour (366 Euro per week) throughout your adaptation. This is irrelevant of the path taken and the number of weeks spent on adaptation.
OSP Recruitment will fully assist you with all documentation relating to your Adaptation.
4; Atypical Working Scheme
Nurses coming to Ireland and who trained in non-EEA countries are facilitated under the Department of Justice and Equality “Atypical Working Scheme” (AWS). The AWS allows a candidate enter the country in a timelier manner rather than wait for the issuing of a work permit.
Upon receipt of a decision letter from the NMBI (www.nmbi.ie) your future employer will apply for the AWS. We will complete all documentation with / for you and ensure that all supporting documentation is attached to your application.
One application by a non-EEA national will be permissible under this Scheme in a 12-month period.
5; Entry Visas;
To allow candidates coming from a visa required country to enter Ireland.
Once we have received your NMBI decision letter and your AWS approval letter, it is your responsibility to apply for your Visa in your own country of residence. We will assist you with any other supporting documentation you will require from Ireland.
6; Work Permits;
Once adaptation has been successfully completed, the employer will apply for a permit for you. The permit under which you entered Ireland is valid for 6 months from your entry date and permits you to work once your NMBI PIN is granted. This permit applies ONLY to the person for whom the application is made. Once in fulltime permanent employment the spouse of the applicant can apply for a stamp 2 which allows them and their family to travel to Ireland.
On arrival into Dublin airport, you will be met by a representative from OSP Recruitment and transported to your new employer / accommodation.
Accommodation for the duration of the adaptation period is generally provided by the employer. Assistance will be given with the acquiring of a bank account and PPS Number. A representative from your new employer will also accompany and assist with your GNIB application.
Employers and OSP Recruitment are happy to assist with any advice you may require in securing more permanent accommodation.
Please note, as in any country, accommodation prices vary depending on location.
It is advisable to seek more permanent accommodation during your adaptation period and we will be only too happy to assist and advise with this.
For information pertaining to accommodation in Ireland, please refer to www.daft.ie
8; Working in Ireland;
On arrival in Ireland all candidates are required to immediately apply for a PPS Number and open an Irish Bank Account.
A PPS Number is required to ensure your wages are paid and the appropriate tax is taken from your earnings.
Employers will assist you with the above applications.
Full remuneration packages will be discussed at interview with potential employers.
Packages vary with different employers.
10; Annual Leave;
Annual leave entitlements in Ireland are 20 working days in the year. This allowance will be pro-rated to reflect you start date.
We fully understand and appreciate that whilst fantastic opportunities exist within the Irish Health Sector for nurses, it is also an enormous step to take.
We would like to reassure you that as your recruitment agent in Ireland, OSP Recruitment will work with you to ensure the process is smooth and successful.