How to apply for a job in Ireland

We currently recruit nurses for nursing homes and hospitals in Ireland.

The main requirement is min. B2 level of English. We’re seeking motivated candidates, willing to work in Ireland for several years.

All nurses that trained outside Ireland need to obtain their diploma recognition by registering with the ABA. The process itself takes about 4 months.

Registering with the ABA

Before you can work in Ireland you will need to register with the ABA.

The An Bord Altranais is the regulatory board for all nursing professionals; without completing your registration you will not be able to legally practice in Ireland.

If you are a nurse trained in any European Union country, registration can be done in 3 simple steps!

1 –  Complete the Application Form (you can download it and print it here)

Submit it to ABA along with the payment of a 200 € registration fee (credit card info also to be filled in the Application Form)

2 – ABA will send you an Application Pack, which you will need to complete and return along with the following documents:

  • certified copy of valid passport
  • certified copy of birth certificate (recommended: International Birth Certificate)
  • certified copy of marriage or divorce certificate (when applicable, to certify any name change)

Please note that Part C in your Application Form needs to be filled and sent by your local Nursing Board (Ordem dos Enfermeiros – PT, Colegio de Enfermeria – ES, Ordre des Infirmiers – FR, etc.).

This Board will also need to provide a Declaration stating that your nursing traning is in compliance with EU Directive 2005/36/EC, that regulates the recognition of professional qualifications in the EU.

Later, ABA will ask you to provide a certified translation of this Declaration.

Please note that certifications of copies and translations can only be done by lawyers, solicitors or public notaries!

3 – After satisfactory reception of all the required documents, ABA states they will assess your application in 30 days.

Once the assessment is completed, you will have your professional card and are ready to start working!

Tips and useful links for nurses in Ireland

To return to the nature of the two markets,  there are some subtle differences. First of all demand in Ireland is essentially restricted to the Private Sector both hospitals and nursing homes. A recent (2012) national newspaper article suggested that currently there are more than seven hundred vacancies in the private Nursing Home sector. The supply of Nurses is extremely restricted in Ireland as many of the Internationally Educated Nurses (IEN’s) have moved on to countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the Middle East as a result of the Irish Economic crisis. This is in addition to the trend of recent times whereby newly qualified Irish Nurses have gone to the UK National Health Service en masse.

A key factor in Ireland is whether as a result of the hiring embargo currently in place for Health Service Executive, the body responsible for public health provision in Ireland remains in a position of not hiring, in view of undoubted challenges in service provision

One of the issues certainly relevant in Ireland is that despite the problems in the economic backdrop salary levels remain amongst the best in Europe and it is certainly the case that nurses are valued in the society.

Salary levels in Ireland conform to the scale of the Irish Nurses Organisation and apply nationally. Consequently, nurses in more rural areas where there is strong demand enjoy both good salaries and moderate living costs.

In relation to registration this is the responsibility of An Bord Altranais (Irish Nursing Board)

In relation to both the Irish and British bodies it is important to note that essentially the process is about verifying the nurse status in their own country as under European Union laws nursing qualifications in one member state are recognised in others. As part of this process we have seen a convergence in course content and duration in relation to nursing qualifications within the EU in recent years.

The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA, in Irish: An t-Údarás um Fhaisnéis agus Cáilíocht Sláinte ) is a statutory, government-funded agency in Ireland which monitors the safety and quality of the Healthcare in the Republic of Ireland and the social care system. HIQA are the independent authority responsible for driving quality, safety and accountability in residential services for children, older people and people with disabilities in Ireland. They have produced standards to protect vulnerable people of all ages who are receiving residential care services and to ensure that these people are receiving an appropriate standard and quality of service.

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