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 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 in 2019

HSE West (Limerick, Clare, North Tipperary) - Centre of Nursing & Midwifery Education, Limerick
Start Date: May 2019
Closing Date for receipt of EOI/application forms: March 1st 2019

HSE South East (Carlow, Kilkenny, Waterford, Wexford & Sth Tipperary) - Centre of Nursing & Midwifery Education, Waterford
Start Date: May 2019
Closing Date for receipt of EOI/application forms: March 1st 2019

HSE Dublin North East - Centre of Nurse Education, Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown, Dublin
Start Date: July 2019
Closing Date for receipt of EOI/application forms: March 1st 2019

Midwifery Programme (Dublin) - Centre of Midwifery Education, Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital, Dublin
Start Date: June 2019
Closing Date for receipt of EOI/application forms: 27th March 2019

Children’s Programme (Dublin) - Centre of Children’s Nurse Education, Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital
Start Date: August 2019
Closing Date for receipt of EOI/application forms: 21st June 2019

Click on the links below to view Return to Nursing Practice Programme and Module Descriptors:

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