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Nursing jobs in Ireland: NMBI changes policies

Dublin: The NMBI Registration Committee has recently reinstated a prior regulation that mandates nurses seeking employment in Ireland to possess English language proficiency qualifications when applying for a decision letter from the Irish Nursing Board. As a consequence, nurses aspiring to work in Ireland are now required to furnish evidence of their English proficiency, either through IELTS, OET, or the successful completion of specific qualifications, during the application process for the NMBI decision letter.

The English Proficiency Certificate may be submitted either concurrently with the application for the decision letter or within two months of the initial application. Subsequently, upon obtaining the decision letter, candidates are permitted to enter the job market upon successful completion of the aptitude test or adaptation.

The previous protocol dictated that, subsequent to the issuance of the decision letter and the successful completion of the aptitude test or adaptation, an English proficiency certificate should be submitted along with the application for NMBI registration. However, owing to the time constraints associated with English tests, numerous individuals found themselves at the registration stage with expired IELTS or OET results, leading to a hindrance in the registration process. This unfortunate circumstance resulted in the denial of entry to Ireland for hundreds of applicants.

The revisions to this policy were sanctioned following persistent advocacy by Shalbin Joseph, a dedicated member of the NMBI Registration Committee. His continuous efforts within the Registration Committee contributed to the approval of steps aimed at rectifying a policy that had been causing significant setbacks for aspiring candidates.

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