Return to Nursing and Midwifery Practice

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) recommends that a registered nurse or midwife who is returning to practice after an absence of five years or more should undertake a Return to Practice programme prior to practicing as a nurse or midwife.  The participant must be on the Active Register or eligible to apply to register with the NMBI. Return to Nursing and Midwifery programmes must be approved by the NMBI.  Clinical placements must take place in a healthcare institution approved by NMBI. 

Current Return to Nursing Practice programmes for General, Children’s, Mental Health, Intellectual Disability and Public Health Nursing and Return to Midwifery Practice programmes are six-twelve weeks in duration. These programmes are provided to enable nurses and midwives to update both their theoretical knowledge and their clinical skills.

Click here to view the ONMSD Handbook for Nurses and Midwives returning to practice.

Attainment of competence in clinical practice may be assessed using the Competence Assessment Tool (NMBI, 2015).
Click here for further information and to access NMBI Nursing Practice Standards and Requirements
Click here for further information and to access NMBI Midwifery Practice Standards and Requirements

Application Process includes:

  • Complete an expression of interest/application form (click here to access the form)
  • Submit a NMBI letter of registration or letter directing them to undertake a Return to Nursing or Midwifery Practice programme as a pre-requisite to registration
  • Complete the requisite Garda Clearance documentation and processes
  • Complete a Pre-Placement Health Declaration form
  • Obtain information regarding the applicant’s immunisation status from a GP

Return to Practice Programmes are being offered in the following locations:

Details of Locations for the delivery of Return to Practice Programmes in 2017
Centres of Nursing and Midwifery Education locations delivering Return to Practice Programmes in 2017
HSE South East (Carlow, Kilkenny, Waterford, Wexford & Sth Tipperary)
Centre of Nursing & Midwifery Education, Waterford
Closing Date for receipt of EOI/application forms: 7th April, 2017
May, 2017
HSE Dublin North
Centre of Nursing & Midwifery Education, Connolly/Mater
Closing Date for receipt of EOI/application forms: TBD
Summer, 2017
HSE West (Western Area)
Centre of Nursing & Midwifery Education, Limerick
Closing Date for receipt of EOI/application forms: March, 2017
May, 2017
HSE Dublin Mid Leinster (Midlands)
Centre of Nursing & Midwifery Education, Tullamore
Closing Date for receipt of EOI/application forms: March 2017
May, 2017
Midwifery Programme
Closing Date for receipt of EOI/application forms: March 2017
May, 2017
Children’s Programme
Closing Date for receipt of EOI/application forms: 11th July 2017
September, 2017

For further details and expression of interest forms contact:

Lorna Byrne at lorna.byrne1@hse.ie or on 01 8131810

Click here for information regarding the Financial Support for Nurses/Midwives Returning to Practice