Become a Registered Nurse in the Republic of Ireland

There are many foreign nurses in working in the Republic of Ireland either in a prestigious Dublin hospital, a Cork medical center, a Limerick assisted-living facility, or a Galway nursing home. Have you ever wonder that if you are a foreign nurse, it is important to undergo a time-consuming process to enter the country as a registered nurse?

Nurses who are looking for overseas jobs in Ireland should follow the processing procedures set by the An Bord Altranais (ABA), the nursing and midwifery regulator for Ireland. Follow these basic procedures when you want to process your requirements:

1. Registration to ABA is mandatory in order to practice as a registered nurse in Ireland.

2. Applicants with a current nursing registration in countries like the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada would be much easier. If you come from other countries, then you have to follow ABA’s guidelines.

3. Submit a completed application form that features your detailed nursing education and work experience. Also fill up the Verification of Registration and Good Standing document (Form C) that should be sent directly to the registration authorities.

4. The ABA accepts registrations for registered general nurse (RNG), registered nurse intellectual disability (RNID), registered psychiatric nurse (RPN), registered children’s nurse (RCN), registered public health nurse (RPHN), registered nurse tutor (RNT), and registered nurse prescriber (RNP). However, the ABA does not accept applications from the following: state enrolled nurses, licensed practical nurses, vocational nurses, state certified nurses, and nurses aides.

5. Fill up the Initial Application Form and send it together with the application fee to the ABA. You will receive the Personalised Application Form, send it back to the ABA together with original documents that include birth certificate, current passport, passport size photos, and other pertinent document. All documents must be certified by a lawyer.

6. Clinical practice experience is required and your application will not be considered for registration if you haven’t engaged in nursing practice. You should have an overall score of 7.0 in your International English Language Testing System (IELTS) academic test and a passing score to the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exams.

7. The next step would be crafting a professional resume that should be sent to as many overseas nursing recruiters and healthcare firms. Practice your interview answering skills whether if you take an online or an actual face-to-face interview. While you’re still waiting for the results of your nursing registration processing, keep yourself busy by doing some research on the possible you may be working with in the future.

8. For immigration concerns, contact the Irish embassy or consulate for more information. The Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) implements a Green Card and work permit scheme for nursing applicants.

9. If your ABA application fails to meet their minimum standards, you may appeal their decision by applying for appeal to the Registration Appeal Committee. It is strongly recommend that you secure your place on a program before travelling to Ireland.

10. If your ABA registration is approved then you can begin your practice.

11. Once you live in Ireland for many years, you can now apply for Irish citizenship once you meet certain immigration requirements.

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