2022 Annual Renewal Underway with 15,000 Renewals Already Complete

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) annual registration process is now well underway.

We would like to thank the 15,000 nurses and midwives who have already completed their annual registration.


The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) annual registration process is now well underway.

We would like to thank the 15,000 nurses and midwives who have already completed their annual registration.

All nurses or midwives practising in Ireland are required by law to have their name on the Register of Nurses and Midwives which is maintained by NMBI and each year it is necessary to pay the annual renewal fee to maintain their registration.

NMBI is committed to improving our registration process. Following feedback on the 2021 process and engagement with stakeholders, improvements have been made to the MyNMBI system we use for registration renewals. As a result, those renewing online in November were able to do so in approximately seven minutes.

Below is an overview of the process including tips which will help you to complete your annual renewal as efficiently as possible.


In October NMBI issued email renewal notices to registrants and we are now in the process of sending reminder emails. If you have not received your notice, please check your Spam or Junk email folders. If your email is not in these folders, you can contact our customer care centre at 0818 200 116 or email regservices@nmbi.ie and we will send you the details again. When contacting us, please provide your name, Personal Identification Number (PIN) and date of birth to ensure we can deal with your query as quickly as possible.

Accessing MyNMBI

You can log into MyNMBI using the email address that the notice was sent to and your password. If you cannot remember your password, you can use the 'Forgotten Password' button and follow the steps to reset your password. Please do not create a new account or you will not be able to access your details.

To complete the process, you will need:

  • The renewal notification sent to you by email
  • Your password
  • Employment details (if employed)
  • A valid debit or credit card

Paying your annual registration renewal

The annual registration renewal process must be done online through MyNMBI. We no longer accept payments by phone.

You can pay online using your own debit/credit card or if you are using a card issued to another person, please ensure that you have authorisation to do so. Under new EU requirements, the card provider/bank will request authentication to complete the payment.

For those who are experiencing difficulties completing their annual renewal payment under these new banking requirements, we recommend that you contact your card provider/bank who can provide you with information about payment authentication.

Avoiding peak dates/times

While the renewal window is open until 31 January 2022, we encourage registrants to login and renew as soon as possible. Peak dates for renewals are 29 - 31 December and processing during this time may take longer.

With more than 80,000 nurses and midwives on NMBI’s Register, there may be times when the MyNMBI portal is slower processing details and payment due to a high level of usage. If you experience this issue, we suggest that you log out and come back to the portal later. Peak usage tends to be in the evenings from 6 to 7pm.

Accessing your retention certificate

Once the payment is complete, you can download your annual retention certificate from the ‘My Documents’ section of MyNMBI. Please note that it may take up to 60 minutes to generate your retention certificate. You can login again at any stage to download your new retention certificate.


To assist you through the process, there are a number of helpful resources which can be accessed through the links below. Additional information is also available on the Annual Renewal section of our website.


For those who require assistance to complete the renewal process, please call: 0818 200 116 (Monday-Friday 9:00am - 5:30pm) or email our Registration Department at regservices@nmbi.ie.

When contacting us, please provide your name, Personal Identification Number (PIN) and date of birth to ensure we can deal with your query as efficiently as possible.

Voluntary removal

If you wish to voluntarily remove your name from the Register of Nurses and Midwives, this service is available on MyNMBI. For more information, please visit the Voluntary Removal section of our website.

Students from NUIG and UL win NMBI’s Annual Student Midwife Debate


NMBI’s Annual Student Midwife Debate took place earlier this month and was held remotely with over 160 people registering for the event.

The debate is organised in conjunction with the six education bodies that provide midwifery education leading to registration with NMBI in Ireland.


NMBI’s Annual Student Midwife Debate took place earlier this month and was held remotely with over 160 people registering for the event.

The debate is organised in conjunction with the six education bodies that provide midwifery education leading to registration with NMBI in Ireland.

The motion for this year’s debate was ‘This house believes that midwifery is still not recognised as a separate and distinct profession in the healthcare community’.

It was a really lively and engaging debate.

The winning team of Anne McInerney, University of Limerick, Jana Horvathova, National University of Ireland Galway and Ramona Greene, National University of Ireland Galway debated in favour of the motion.

They were challenged by Caitlyn Murphy, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Sabine O’Connell, University College Dublin and Nicole Maher, University College Cork who debated against the motion.

The prize for best speaker was shared by Anna McInerney from University of Limerick and Caitlyn Murphy from Dundalk Institute of Technology.

This year’s judging panel included Joseph Shalbin, NMBI Board member and Member of the Midwives Committee at NMBI (Nurse), Angela Dunne, Director of Midwifery Women’s and Infants Health Programme at the HSE, and Kathyann Barrett, Head of Operations at NMBI and service user.

In making their final decision, the judges said they were “very impressed with the quality of the debating and the content”.

The judges added: “All of the speakers were a credit to their team and their HEIs. They showed conviction and passion, and the online nature of the debate took nothing from the passion”.

Guest speakers included Essene Cassidy, NMBI President; Margaret Quigley, National Lead for Midwifery Office of the Nursing and Midwifery Services Director (ONMSD) HSE and Sheila McClelland, NMBI CEO.

Attendees also heard an inspirational presentation from Grace Thomas, Reader in Midwifery at Cardiff University, Lead Midwife for Education and Professional Head and Deputy Director of the World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Midwifery Development. The presentation, ‘You are the future, you lead the way’ focused on the importance of midwifery and midwifery education and considerations for future midwives and future midwifery leadership in Ireland.

NMBI would like to thank both debating teams, their education bodies, the judges and the speakers for their support at this year’s event. A special word of thanks also to Dawn Johnston, Director of Midwifery at NMBI for her work in organising the debate and moderating on the day.

You can watch the debate in full here.

Nurses and Midwives Encouraged to Apply to Join the Board of NMBI


NMBI is inviting applications from suitably qualified nurses and midwives to fill a casual vacancy on the Board in accordance with paragraph 7(2) of the Nurses and Midwives Act 2011.


NMBI is inviting applications from suitably qualified nurses and midwives to fill a casual vacancy on the Board in accordance with paragraph 7(2) of the Nurses and Midwives Act 2011.

This vacancy arises under section 22(1)(c)(iv) of the Nurses and Midwives Act 2011:

A registered nurse or a registered midwife employed in the public health sector and engaged in the education of nurses or midwives.

Interested parties must ensure that they fulfil the criteria set out in section 22(1)(c)(iv) and hold current registration as a nurse or as a midwife with NMBI. The term of the casual vacancy will be to 14 January 2025.

If you are interested, please forward a CV and cover letter by email to Orla Coady at ocoady@nmbi.ie.

The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday, 3 December 2021 at 3pm.

Shortlisted candidates will be selected for interview. Shortlisting will be on the basis of the written application received. Interviews will take place the week beginning 6 December 2021.

Information on being a member of the Board of NMBI is available on our website.

You can also read our recent interview with NMBI President, Essene Cassidy for more information on the work of the Board.

Registered Practising Midwives Invited to Join NMBI’s Fitness to Practise Committee


NMBI is inviting calls for expressions of interest from registered practising midwives to fill a vacancy on the Fitness to Practise Committee. The successful applicant must be currently engaged in clinical midwifery practice.


NMBI is inviting calls for expressions of interest from registered practising midwives to fill a vacancy on the Fitness to Practise Committee. The successful applicant must be currently engaged in clinical midwifery practice.

We will create a panel of shortlisted applicants from which to fill vacancies on the committee between January 2022 and January 2023.

Details of this vacancy and how to apply are on our website.

Please share this link with anyone who you think may be interested. The closing date for receipt of applications is Monday, 13 December 2021 at 3pm.

The Fitness to Practise Committee considers complaints which are referred to it by the Preliminary Proceedings Committee. Members of the committee sit on ‘panels’ for the purpose of considering complaints at inquiry. An inquiry is similar to a hearing that usually takes place in a court or before a tribunal. Members of the committee of inquiry hear and consider evidence and information presented to them.

Nurses and Midwives Show Continued Resolve During New Wave of Covid-19


NMBI wishes to acknowledge and thank all registrants who continue to work tirelessly and care for patients during the ongoing pandemic and now during this new wave of Covid-19.


NMBI wishes to acknowledge and thank all registrants who continue to work tirelessly and care for patients during the ongoing pandemic and now during this new wave of Covid-19.

We recognise the pressures caused by the increasing numbers of patients in our hospitals, and new outbreaks of the illness in healthcare settings and in the community.

We also acknowledge that nurses and midwives have shown tremendous resolve over the past 21 months, and they continue to demonstrate the values of care, commitment and compassion in providing services to all patients.

HSE National Immunisation Office: Covid-19 Vaccine Bulletin


The HSE National Immunisation Office has published its Covid-19 vaccination bulletin which includes important updates in clinical guidance for the vaccination programme.


The HSE National Immunisation Office has published its Covid-19 vaccination bulletin which includes important updates in clinical guidance for the vaccination programme.

This edition includes information on the following:

  • Extension of booster vaccination
    • Vaccine to be used for the booster dose
    • Booster vaccine and dose
    • Recommended interval between completion of the primary vaccination course and the booster dose
    • Rationale for booster dose extension
    • Recommendations on the use of Spikevax®/Moderna from the National Immunisation Advisory Committee
    • Timing of Covid-19 vaccination after Covid-19 infection
  • Reporting adverse events following vaccination
  • Frequently asked questions
  • Resources to support pregnant women
  • Research
  • CoVax Update

For further details, please click here.

Previous issues can also be found on the HSE website.

News Round


A round up of the latest news stories including:

  • Frontline healthcare workers to receive Covid-19 booster vaccine
  • Minister for Health publishes revised Implementation Plan for the National Maternity Strategy
  • New National Clinical Effectiveness Guideline for COPD published
  • US President Joe Biden congratulates new Roscommon hospice
  • New 24-hour paediatric care unit opens at Tallaght University Hospital
  • Three Irish professors selected as Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing
  • Frontline nurse in the US wins lottery on day she retires


Frontline healthcare workers to receive Covid-19 booster vaccine

The Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly, has announced that the Covid-19 booster vaccination programme will be extended to all frontline healthcare workers. 

It comes after a recommendation from the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (Niac)

A booster dose of an mRNA vaccine will be offered to all frontline healthcare workers who have completed their primary course with any Covid-19 vaccine. The booster vaccine should be given about six months following completion of the primary vaccination course.

Those who have had a laboratory confirmed Covid-19 infection after a completed primary vaccine course should defer the booster vaccination for at least six months following the infection.

Further information on Covid-19 boost vaccines for health professionals can be found on the HSE website.

Minister for Health publishes revised Implementation Plan for the National Maternity Strategy

The Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly has published the revised Implementation Plan for the National Maternity Strategy - Creating a Better Future Together 2016-2026.

The plan provides a roadmap of the actions to ensure the National Maternity Strategy is implemented within the remaining timeframe.

A revision of the original Implementation Plan comes following a recommendation from HIQA in its 2020 report into maternity services and due to changeS that have occurred since the launch of the Strategy, by the National Women and Infants Health Programme (NWIHP).

The Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly TD, has welcomed the publication of the revised Implementation Plan. “As Minister, in line with the commitments made in the Programme for Government to improve women’s health outcomes, I want to ensure the ongoing development of safe, high quality, standardised maternity services which support better health outcomes for women,” he said.

For more on the revised Implementation Plan, please click here.

New National Clinical Effectiveness Guideline for COPD published

A new National Clinical Effectiveness Guideline to assist healthcare professionals caring for people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) has been published.

The guideline was developed by a multidisciplinary Guideline Development Group, led by Dr Desmond Murphy and supported by the HSE National Clinical Programme for Respiratory Medicine.

COPD is the most prevalent respiratory disease in adults and is a major cause of morbidity and mortality. Each year in Ireland, over 15,000 patients are admitted to hospital with COPD and a least 1,500 die from the disease.

The new guideline will ensure that COPD patients receive consistent and standardised care, based on the best available evidence.

In welcoming the publication of the guideline, Chief Nursing Officer, Rachel Kenna said: “The development of the NCEC National Clinical Guideline on the Management of COPD is an important support to progress patient care for those affected by COPD in Ireland. This is important as we seek to progress health service reforms and innovative approaches such as the work done on the Community Virtual Ward (CVW) initiative. This model of care delivers an integrated approach to care of patients with chronic diseases such as COPD leading to improved patient outcomes.”

The full publication on the Management of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is available to read here.

US President Joe Biden congratulates new Roscommon hospice

US President Joe Biden has congratulated the team at Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation on the opening of its new palliative care centre in Roscommon.

In a video message, President Biden paid tribute to the centre and thanked the foundation for honouring his late son Beau who died from brain cancer in 2017.

He said: “The fact that you have etched Beau’s name and memory into the tapestry of this hospice is something my family and I, and his children in particular, will never, ever forget”.

During a visit to Ireland in September 2017, President Biden was invited to turn the first sod by his cousin Laurita Blewitt, a fundraising manager for the Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation. He described it as a “deeply moving experience”.

In his message, President Biden said: “Love, selflessness, compassion – that’s what hospice represents. A place where dignity, empathy and support are shown to all”.

“I know this special place will bring comfort to the proud people of Counties Mayo and Roscommon.”

The Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation was founded in 1993 and provides palliative care services to people with life-limiting illnesses and their families.

The new eight-bed inpatient unit was officially opened earlier this month by the Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly.

Speaking at the opening, Minister Donnelly paid tribute to the fundraising efforts and said: “This building and the people it will serve is a wonderful testament to the local community’s generosity and goodwill.”

You can view President Biden’s full video message here.

New 24-hour paediatric care unit opens at Tallaght University Hospital

A new 24-hour emergency and outpatient paediatric unit has opened at Children’s Health Ireland (CHI) in Tallaght University Hospital.

The new unit includes a paediatric outpatient facility, a designated area for minor injuries and procedures, 16 single examination and treatment rooms, triage rooms and a radiology department. It aims to facilitate 17,000 outpatient appointments and 30,000 emergency care appointments a year.

An outpatient department with 13 consultation rooms is open weekdays for appointments in general and specialist paediatrics, including neurodisability and orthopaedics. A new medical forensic examination suite and clinic for child sexual assault counselling and therapy services has also opened.

A new area has also been introduced to allow Advanced Nurse Practitioners to treat children without being admitted.

The care unit, designed and built for children, young people and their families, is one of two satellite centres that form part of the new National Children's Hospital. The other centre at Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown was opened in 2019 and led to a 65pc reduction in waiting lists for general paediatric services.

Speaking at the official opening, Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly said the new facility “will have a significant impact on the ongoing transformation of paediatric services in Ireland, helping to reduce wait times while delivering care in an appropriate setting, as close to home as possible”. 

Three Irish professors selected as Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing

Three Irish professors have been selected as Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing which represents nursing’s most accomplished leaders in policy, research, administration, practice, and academia.

Among the 225 who were inducted into the 2021 Class of Fellows at a ceremony in Washington DC, were Imelda Coyne, PhD, MA, RN, FTCD, FEANS (Trinity College Dublin); Thomas Kearns, EdD, FFNMRCSI, Med, BNS, RNT, RGN, RPN (RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences); and John Wells, PhD, MSc (Waterford Institute of Technology).

The American Academy of Nursing consists of over 2,800 Fellows from around the world and aims to serve the public and the nursing profession by advancing health policy through the generation, synthesis and dissemination of nursing knowledge.

Frontline nurse in the US wins lottery on day she retires

A nurse who worked through the pandemic won a small fortune on a scratchcard on the day of her retirement.

The woman, from Kentucky in the USA, hit the $200,000 jackpot as she celebrated the end of 36 years in nursing.

The now retired nurse, who chose to remain anonymous, bought a $10 ticket at her local shop, Kentucky State Lottery officials said.

The day she retired, she discovered she had matched the number 20 on the last row. She then scratched off the prize amount below the number, revealing the game’s $200,000 top prize.

“It was unbelievable,” she said in a statement. “I had just retired that day. I saw this as a sign it was meant to be for me to quit working.”

According to lottery officials, the retired Kentucky nurse cashed in last week and received a cheque for $142,000 after taxes.

The woman is the latest nurse to collect winnings in lotteries across the States during the pandemic.

A nurse at a retirement home in North Carolina won a $1 million prize in January, while another frontline nurse in the same state won $200,000 in September.

Some States introduced lotteries for citizens who were double-vaccinated, as part of the vaccine drive. A 24-year-old Maryland nurse won $40,000 from the state's vaccination lottery in June. Nurses from Michigan, Missouri and West Virginia have also won state vaccine lotteries this year.

NMBI CEO, Sheila McClelland takes part in MTU Student Video About Their Pandemic Experiences


Nursing students at Munster Technological University (MTU) have produced a video of their experiences during the Covid-19 pandemic.


Nursing students at Munster Technological University (MTU) have produced a video of their experiences during the Covid-19 pandemic.

NMBI CEO, Sheila McClelland was among those who contributed to the 9-minute video ‘Caring During Covid: The Student Nurses’ Experience’ which has been shared on YouTube.

She tells the students that they showed “bravery beyond all knowledge” on the frontline during the pandemic.

Ms McClelland says the video is an important record, “It is so important to record what that felt like from a student perspective”.

The production is introduced by Dr Catrina Heffernan, Lecturer in the Department of Nursing and Healthcare Sciences. The video reflected stories from the practice of 84 undergraduates over a three-month practice placement.

You can view the full video here.

Board Profile: Dr Louise Kavanagh McBride (NMBI Vice President)


As we continue our series to highlight the work of our Board members, in this issue we speak with NMBI Vice President, Dr Louise Kavanagh McBride.


As we continue our series to highlight the work of our Board members, in this issue we speak with NMBI Vice President, Dr Louise Kavanagh McBride.



Can you tell our readers about your background and why you chose a career in nursing?

My interest in nursing came from having a family member in need of care and support. I became involved in voluntary work in her special needs and residential care unit, this really influenced me in my pursuit of the caring profession and nursing.

Hospitality and teaching were also career prospects, so when it came to the Leaving Certificate, I had a few options in mind. I firstly secured a place in college in hospitality and after completing one year, I got an offer to start general nursing in the Mater Misericordia Hospital Dublin. Commencing my nurse training in September 1986, would become the best decision I ever made.

I loved my nurse training and went on to specialise in the two specialist areas that I enjoyed most as a student nurse, Orthopaedics and Emergency Nursing. My interest in teaching as a career never really left me and I always had a particular interest in patient, family and even staff education. I always enjoyed working with new staff, student nurses, and other allied health care students. I would go through charts, notes, and x-rays with them during quieter times on shifts and night duty. Sharing my experience and imparting knowledge with students or other learners on the ward, I regarded as an important role of my clinical nursing career. This was how I learned as a student nurse. I can still remember all those caring, committed and experienced nursing role models that motivated, shaped, and empowered me as a student nurse during my training at the Mater and as a post-graduate in orthopaedic and emergency nursing.  

Your career pathway is interesting as you chose to pursue nurse education. What drew you to this area?

I have always been aware of the importance of preparation, planning and keeping options open. This applies to the nursing and midwifery professions in terms of career planning and continuing professional development (CPD), including post-graduate education. I have a strong lifelong learning ethos as a nurse and educator. CPD is so important, as there is constant change in what we do, care delivery, practices, and research inform our practice to ensure that what we do is evidence-based.

When I reflect on my nursing clinical career and experience, it was enhanced and augmented by post-graduate courses in those specialist areas and my MSc in Nursing. This desire to educate endured during my post graduate courses and ensured evidenced-based practice which brought critical reflection into delivery of nursing care.  

My ‘gra’ for teaching and sharing with other learners motivated me to do a post-graduate course in Clinical Health Science at Trinity College Dublin. This was the first of its kind at that time to increase the number of Registered Nurse Tutors (RNT) and Midwife Tutors (RMT) for the transition of nursing to HEIs. This required moving from my then clinical role as GP Liaison Clinical Nurse Manager in ER to the School of Nursing at the Mater Misericordia Hospital incorporating UCD. On reflection, the importance of role modelling, clinical leadership and clinical teaching was probably what drew me toward education. I really enjoyed my teaching and clinical tutor role on undergraduate and delivered teaching on the post-graduate course in Emergency Nursing. As Nurse tutors we would visit students on the wards on a weekly basis which ensured ongoing engagement and connection with students and nursing staff at clinical level.

I left Dublin in 2002 and moved to Donegal. After a short career break, I began working in Higher Education as a post-graduate nursing coordinator, an assistant lecturer, and then as a lecturer. My own CPD pathway motivated me in pursuit of a PhD which was possibly a culminating of my achievement in both my clinical and academic nursing leadership experiences. My PhD focused on nursing, and midwifery education entitled An evaluation of student nurses and midwives’ beliefs of knowledge, reflective thinking levels and approaches to learning over an internship trajectory’. My doctorate findings revealed that through structured reflective practice sessions student nurses and midwives displayed significantly enhanced critical and reflective thinking levels, and deeper (versus superficial) approaches to learning from the start, middle and end of the internship trajectory. Suggesting that protected reflective practice is beneficial and enhanced when structured and facilitated especially in the final year of undergraduate nursing and midwifery degree programmes.  

After completing my PhD, I was appointed as Academic Manager, as head of Department of Nursing and Health Care. I am currently involved with several research-funded projects and MSc research supervision. Research keeps nurses and midwives updated and relevant to contemporary changes and best practices from a nursing, midwifery, and healthcare perspective. I cannot emphasise the importance of this to new graduates and clinical nursing and midwifery staff. Taking the time to attend webinars and conferences, reading peer reviewed journals, research studies and HSE developments is important. Now, all of this is so much more accessible with the ability to join sessions virtually or listen back to recordings. CPD is significant also in the context of the development of the Maintenance of Professional Competence (MMCP) scheme ensuring continued competence for all nurses and midwives on the NMBI division. As Florence Nightingale once said, “Let us never consider ourselves finished nurses.... We must be learning all of our lives”.

For any of our readers who may be interested in exploring research as a career option, what advice would you give them?

Many people think you have to be undertaking a MSc or PhD course to be research active. I would say to graduates that it is a trajectory with so many opportunities at clinical level to engage in research, audits, quality initiatives, journal clubs, funded projects/studies, or even as participants in research. These can all influence and enhance you career path, and lead to change and innovation in best practice and care provision. Evidence-based and best practices are informed and changed through research, so clinical staff need to be constantly aware of what is happening in their relevant area or discipline.

It is the responsibility of every nurse and midwife to ensure they deliver the best practice and care available to their patients, and to ensure this, they must know whether their practice is evidence based. The only way to know that it is the best evidence, is to appreciate that evidence-based practice is drawn from published research and hence the importance of research to all.

Sometimes, scientists and researchers can seem removed from the real concerns of the profession. I believe it is important for nurses and midwives on the frontline, including students on NMBI's student Candidate Register, to contribute to the body of knowledge. The idea that researchers and scientists are in ivory towers or white coats in science labs, can do nursing academia and research a disservice and a belief held by many, but it is incumbent on us in academia to bring research to the bedside through clinical leadership, partnership and research collaborations.

The pandemic has certainly revolutionised how we deliver care and even education. It has created innovation and change in how we care and deliver services. It is so important that we continue to maximise on how digital transformation and eHealth can positively enhance care and service provision in the nursing and midwifery professions, whether it is in the public or private sectors at home or aboard.

My advice to anyone currently engaging or contemplating on CPD or research is simple - keep chipping away, find and make the time for CPD and research. We all struggle some days even in academia so stick with it, work through the challenges, build on your resilience and strive for completion, as it is not always about perfection. In my own education and research experiences, I have found that real learning and self-development comes with meaningful critical reflection on the experience, not just the achievement of outputs. I always remember the advice given to me especially in time of challenge by one of my nursing role models who has inspired me throughout my academic career. She would quote the lyrics from Mavis Staples song, “Keep your eye on the prize and hold on”- it’s such sound advice and worth sharing.  

In terms of the NMBI Board, when did you join the Board and why did you choose to run for election?

In 2012, NMBI was seeking expressions of interest to participate on the then Ethics Committee and I applied as I felt I had a lot to contribute as a nurse and academic. I found this a valuable learning experience in terms of statutory state bodies, corporate governance, and the important role of NMBI in regulation. Then in 2014, a vacancy for the Institutes of Technology Academic Nursing representative arose and I was nominated by the President of Letterkenny Institute of Technology. I was subsequently appointed by the Minister for Health as the Technological Higher Education Association (THEA) Institutes of Technology representative.

I have been an NMBI Board member since 2015 and a member of the Education, Training and Standards Committee, the Business, Strategy and Finance Committee and the Fitness to Practice Committee. In December 2017, I was appointed as Vice President and then reappointed by the Minister for Health in December 2019 as the THEA nomination for a further three years. I also remain on the same three committees, as well as holding the position of Vice President.

The Board has seen a lot of change in the past eight years. I am very grateful and appreciative to have been part of that change and innovation, working with senior management at NMBI and my colleagues on the Board to achieve NMBIs strategic objectives.     

The Board comprises of lay-members, and registered nurses and midwives across the areas of clinical practice, nurse training and administration. Why do you think it’s important for the Board of NMBI to have diversity in its representation? 

I think it is important to remember that NMBI as a regulator for the professions of nursing and midwifery is also responsive to sociocultural changes on a national and international context. Diversity and inclusion are of fundamental importance to the Board in terms of representation. Since the enactment of the Nurses and Midwives 2011 Act and the introduction of the lay majority, I have found this very positive in terms of roles and value contribution. Ultimately the role of the Board as nurses, midwives and lay members is protection of the patient and members of the public through the commitment to fulfil this objective by supporting registered nurses and midwives to provided patient care of the highest standards.

What have been your biggest achievements as a Board member?

I have been very fortunate to be a Board member during a time when it has undergone extensive strategic change, innovation, and transformation. We have merged and refined some committees and terms of references.  

I was part of the NMBI committee which organised the conference to celebrate 100 years of nursing regulation in Ireland in 2019. The event provided an opportunity to reflect on the past, present, and future of the profession of nursing in Ireland. It was an enormous success and representative of the nursing and midwifery professions including students.

Being appointed by the NMBI Board members as Vice President has been very important to me both personally and professionally. I am immensely proud of working on NMBI’s digitisation agenda (Project Nightingale), the HEI validation of graduates and the new Candidate Register for student nurses and student midwives.

Like everyone who has upskilled and responded to online delivery and work practice, NMBI has also been adaptable and responsive to the Board’s needs in terms of workload and committee operations.

What challenges have you faced during your time on the Board?

My current position as an academic manager is a busy one and certain times of the academic year are busier than others so, being organised and managing my time is very important. We can all struggle with having a work-life balance and I am no different. Having time to prepare for Board and committee meetings can be challenging.

The Covid-19 travel restrictions have in one way made us more reflective of balancing work and home life. As a Board we adapted, holding our meetings online. This has minimised the time spent travelling, with enhanced efficiency of time and sustainability especially when living in the North West. I certainly don’t miss the long waits in traffic on the M50.

You are also part of the Fitness to Practise Committee, the Education, Training and Standards Committee and the Business, Strategy and Finance Committee. Could you tell our readers a bit about what each Committee does and how it affects them?

NMBI committees are established by the Board to assist it in performing its functions. Committee members have a broad range of skills and expertise to ensure their recommendations are in the best interest of patients and the public. 

There are eight committees, four of which are statutory and set out in legislation. The Fitness to Practise Committee (2011) is one of the statutory committees and it considers complaints which are referred to it by the Preliminary Proceedings Committee (PPC). There are 33 members, 11 of which are Board members and 22 who are non-Board members.

The Education, Training and Standards Committee is very interesting, and its role is to advise the Board on all matters relating to education and training. The committee provides oversight in relation to the development and implementation of standards, and the approval and monitoring of third level institutions and health care institutions in respect of education programmes leading to registration. It provides support and guidance to the professions in relation to education and continuing professional development and regularly reviews and develops guidance documents to ensure high professional standards.

The Business, Strategy and Finance Committee advises the Board on the areas of governance and finance and makes recommendations to ensure NMBI operates in the best interests of the public and the members of the professions of nursing and midwifery.

Considering the Board experience you now have, what advice would you give your younger self starting out?

I would stress the importance of continuing professional development and planning your career in terms of experience and post-graduate development. We advocate and encourage reflection in undergraduate and post-graduate courses, but we are most likely to reflect on the negative and things we didn’t do well. It is important to acknowledge and recognise the positives, the jobs we do daily in incredibly challenging circumstances and the positive impact we made to a patient, service-user, mother, or child. Most of all the importance of self-care, our mental health and well-being. The old saying ‘you can’t pour from an empty cup’ comes to mind. It is so important to seek the support of peers, colleagues, line managers, employee assistance programmes and online wellbeing webinars. All these things are essential. As nurses and midwives, we are good at looking after others but really need to mind ourselves, and our own health and wellbeing needs attention too.  

What advice would you give someone who is interested in joining the NMBI Board or one of the NMBI Committee

Firstly, it is a great privilege and honour to be on the Board and one that requires a lot of time, work, and commitment. But it is rewarding and very satisfying. Different committees have varying workloads and demands, in terms of preparation for meetings, and position papers and documentation review.

NMBI is currently seeking registered practising midwives to participate in the Fitness to Practise Committee and is inviting applications for a vacancy on the Board. I would encourage anyone who is suitably qualified to find out more about the positions in this eZine and on the NMBI website.

It is important to look at your knowledge and experience in terms of your contribution. Being part of the Board and committees is a great opportunity to expand your knowledge and share your expertise in line with NMBI commitment to ensure that the Board operates in line with best practice in all areas of our work. Whether or not this relates to the board or committees, NMBI always welcomes opportunities to hear from nurses, midwives, the public and others on any aspect of NMBI’s work.