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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
  • public health 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 are subject to demand.

HSE South-East

Regional Centre of Nursing & Midwifery Education, HSE South East (Carlow, Kilkenny, Waterford, Wexford, South Tipperary)

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: 01 March 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: 27 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: 21 June 2019

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