We would also recommend registration with the Royal College of Nursing in the UK. Employer organisations will not always recognise a union, but they can be an important resource for any nurse involved in a disciplinary process and also general on-going educational support.
Another useful resource is the Nursing Times the preeminent trade magazine in the UK for the Nursing profession.
The NMC jurisdiction includes England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. They are also responsible for Nursing Registration in the Isle of Man.
There is a slight difference in that Nurses going to the Isle of Man are not covered by EU legislation and consequently require a work permit. This however is generally relatively straight forward for Nurses working on the island.
To return to the nature of the two markets, as discussed 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.