The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) is currently working with stakeholders to assist Ukrainian nurses and midwives who may wish to work in Ireland following the illegal invasion of their homeland.
There are currently five Ukrainian nationals on the NMBI Register of Nurses and Midwives, all of whom were registered before the current crisis.
Director of Registration, Ray Healy, said: “Since the war began, NMBI has received one application for recognition of qualifications, which is the step before registration. We are aware of approximately 10 other inquiries.
“We continue to work with the HSE and other key agencies who indicate that approximately 20 Ukrainian refugees could potentially seek registration to work in Ireland as a nurse or a midwife.
“Registration with the NMBI is legally mandated to practise as a nurse or midwife in Ireland, and our standards and requirements are aligned to the EU Qualifications Directives.”
The vast majority of nurses and midwives that apply to join the NMBI register from outside the EU are required to complete compensation measures to meet the standard in Ireland, before they can practise here. This is the case for Ukrainian applicants.
Mr Healy said: “However, we are aware that some Ukrainian applicants will not be able to provide all the necessary documentation to progress to the compensation stage, due to the ongoing crisis.
“NMBI has developed an orientation programme that would support Ukrainian applicants in adapting to the Irish healthcare system, while also protecting the public by reducing the risk of progressing an incomplete application.
“The programme will be supported by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) in providing clinical simulation and theory classes. The programme will have no cost to the participants. NMBI has also translated core documents into Ukrainian to support them through the application process. NMBI is liaising with other stakeholders to support potential applicants in as many ways as possible.”