NMBI’s Education, Policy, and Standards Department has launched the 5th Edition of Nurse Registration Programmes Standards and Requirements and the Policy for Approval and Monitoring Processes.
The live online event on 24 March, which was attended by more than 100 key stakeholders, was the culmination of a project aimed at streamlining many of the functions of the Education Department and building a culture of transparency and collaboration with department processes.
NMBI CEO, Sheila McClelland launched the updated standards.
Dr Myles Hackett, Head of Department Dundalk IT, spoke about the piloting of the changes and commended the level of engagement of both his colleagues and the NMBI.
NMBI Professional Officer Lorraine Clarke Bishop guided stakeholders through the major changes to the 5th Edition, particularly Section 3 which has seen a complete overhaul of the requirements for education bodies, their associate health care providers and education programmes leading to registration.
The requirements have also been rewritten to incorporate the existing standards and ensure that they are relevant and measurable. Professor Josephine Hegarty, Head of School UCC, stated that it was “great to see the focus on learnings and improvements within the site inspections”.
Department Director, Carolyn Donohoe added “documenting the policy and processes is key to building a culture of transparency and the policy document is a valuable tool for education bodies that provide programmes leading to registration”. Ms Donohoe said: “Feedback from the launch was really positive and paves the way for similar engagement in the future”.
The electronic version of the documents will be available from April on the NMBI website.