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Return to nursing and midwifery practice

The purpose of the Return to Nursing and Midwifery Practice Programme is to provide nurses and midwives who wish to return to nursing and midwifery practice following an absence of 5 years or more, with the opportunity to update their knowledge and clinical skills.

Who can apply?

The Return to Practice Programme is available for:

  • general nursing
  • midwifery
  • children’s nursing
  • mental health nursing
  • intellectual disability nursing

You can apply for a place on the Return to Practice Programme if:

  • it has been 5 or more years since you practiced as a nurse or midwife
  • you are on the active register or are eligible to apply to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI)

Related topic

Return to Practice: A handbook for nurses and midwives (PDF, 1.00 MB, 28 pages)

Programme modules

For more information on the individual programmes read the Return to Practice Programme Module Descriptors:

Competency Assessment Tools

Overseas applicants undergo a period of adaptation and assessment. This assessment determines eligibility to register.

Competence Assessment Tools are in place for nurses and midwives. They provide:

  • registered nurses and midwives in Irish health care facilities which are involved in the provision of an adaptation and assessment programme with guidance and information and the assessment framework
  • detailed information to applicants from overseas undergoing a period of adaptation and assessment

Related topics

Competence Assessment Tool for Nurses - NMBI

Competence Assessment Tool for Midwives - NMBI

Find a Return to Practice Programme

Return to Practice Programmes are available in Centres of Nursing and Midwifery Education throughout Ireland. Programmes may be provided in other CNME’s subject to sufficient demand.

HSE South

Centre of Nursing Education, University Hospital Cork, Wilton Road, Cork

Start Date

Return to practice programme is Cork commencing 30th November- 18th December 2020

Re-convening after Christmas; 6th January to 24th January 2021

Funding supports

The HR Circular 026/2015 - Financial Support for Nurses/Midwives Returning to Practice has full details of the financial supports available for nurses and midwives returning to practice.

How to apply

For details of supports available to you or to request an Expression of Interest form, contact:

Mairead Hallinan - Administrator of Return to Practice Programme

Phone: 01 813 1830