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!