All nurses and midwives who practice in Ireland must by law be listed on the Register of Nurses and Midwives which is maintained by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI). Currently around 65,000 nurses and midwives who are practicing in Ireland are included on the Register.
The NMBI provides a range of registration services which are detailed below. They include:
- Collecting and processing the Annual Retention Fee which is paid by all registered nurses and midwives to ensure that they retain their registration.
- Processing of applications from nurses and midwives who trained overseas and who want to practice in Ireland.
- Providing a range of registration services, such as applications to join different divisions or to become a postgraduate candidate or to approve Advanced Practice positions.
- Ensuring that student nurses and midwives are listed on our Candidate Register.
The Register contains ten divisions. In Ireland, you can use the designated (abbreviated) letters below, if you are registered with NMBI in the corresponding division of the Register
The divisions marked with an asterix (*) in the table have different, specific requirements for registration.
Registered General Nurse
Registered Children’s Nurse
Registered Psychiatric Nurse
|Intellectual Disability||Intellectual Disability Nurse
Registered Nurse Intellectual Disability
|Public Health||Public Health Nurse
Registered Public Health Nurse
|Nurse Tutor||Nurse Tutor
Registered Nurse Tutor
|Nurse Prescribers*||Nurse Presciber
Registered Nurse Prescriber
|Advanced Nurse Practitioners*||Advanced Nurse Practitioner
Registered Advanced Nurse Practitioners
|Advanced Midwife Practitioners*||Advanced Midwife Practitioner
Registered Advanced Midwife Practitioner
Fees: The annual retention fee in 2018 is €100 and a summary of additional fees can be found here. NMBI registration fees are subject to change from time to time and thus require checking on annual basis.