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Nursing Overview - Irish Registration Breakdown Part 2

Completing the Overseas Registration Application Pack

So, you’ve received the Overseas Registration Application Pack – now you need to complete it! If you haven’t applied for this pack yet – go back to our previous blog and find out how to apply.

Before you start the pack there’s a few main points we’d like to highlight:

  • You have 6 months from the date of receiving the pack to complete it.
    The time you take to complete this is dependent on how fast you are with your own paperwork, but on average, we estimate its takes approximately 4-8 weeks for people to complete.
  • You can download the Guide for Overseas Applicants directly from the NMBI website
  • You can track your progress via your own online account. To set one up, visit the Online Account page at the NMBI website. Just be mindful that sometimes it takes some time for the NMBI to update your progress online, so you may need to email them from time to time, or we can have our Dublin office place a call for you.

Right, let’s get started!

The Pack is divided into two sections. The first section is completed by you while the second section is completed by various organizations/authorities. Your personal reference number is located in the top right hand corner of each page.

Section 1
Section 1 consists of Part A – J. This section is required to be completed by you, the applicant. Before you start this section we recommend you have access to your Bachelor Degree, Academic Transcript & Employment Statements of Service.

Part A, B & C relate to personal details, identity documents & contact details

Part D relates to your undergraduate degree and any post graduate degrees you have completed.

Part E & F refers to your nursing registration along with some compulsory questions you’ll need to answer

Part G & H refers to your employment history and explanations of any gaps or overlaps within that history

Part I & J are a simple declarations and checklists.

Important notes for Section 1:

  • When referring to dates, always list the Date/Month/Year. Just the Month/Year is not acceptable Ensure theses dates are accurate. You may need to check your statements of service, academic transcript or contact the relevant authority directly before completing the form.
  • Don’t use abbreviations eg AHPRA should be Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. Always ensure the names and titles are written exactly the same as the correlating documents eg title of your degree & name of institute should be the same as what’s listed on your certificate, name of employer should be the same as your statement of service etc.
  • Don’t leave any unanswered section blank – put N/A instead.
  • If you run out of room, simply photocopy another page of the form needed and use that.

Section 2
Consists of a number of forms you’ll need to send to relevant authorities it complete. These authorities must then return the forms back directly to the NMBI. They cannot be accepted from you, the applicant.

You will find that these authorities take time to complete these forms, so you will need to follow them up in order to complete this section. When a form is complete and sent, make sure you get written confirmation that this has been done so you have a record. It may be a good idea to provide the institute with prepaid tracking envelopes so you can track postage yourself.

There are four forms that will need to be complete.

Verification (CCPS) – The Nursing Board you are currently licensed with. We recommend you contact your relevant nursing board to find out their current policy on completing this form.

Unlike most nursing boards, AHPRA will not complete this form, instead you’ll need to login into the AHPRA website and request a Certificate of Registration Status also known as Certificate of Good Standing.

For NCNZ, you’ll need to send the form to them for completion. Visit the NCNZ website for their current policy.

Transcript of Training Form – The institute where you completed your undergraduate degree.

Employee's Reference Form – Your current employer. This will need to cover 12 months. If you have not been employed for 12 months you’ll also need to contact your previous employer.

Graduate Program – If applicable, the institute from which you completed a graduate program.

The Graduate Program form is particularly important for Australian and New Zealand nurses. The amount of clinical hours we complete during our undergraduate degrees does not correlate to the amount of hours that are completed in Irish universities. As a result, Australian and New Zealand nurses are often asked by the NMBI to complete a practical exam, or preceptorship, before they can be fully licensed. This can sometimes be avoided by completing the Graduate Program Form in Section 2 of the pack.

To do this, we recommend contacting the hospital where you completed your first year of nursing and asking your Nurse Educator (or equivalent), to clearly list the clinical hours and any theoretical courses/competencies you completed. If you did not complete a formal graduate program, it is still worth asking your Nurse Educator to write a letter stating that you were supported during your first year of nursing and underwent various supervised theoretical and practical competencies.

Once both Sections 1 & 2 have been completed and sent into the NMBI you will be in Step 4 - the Assessment stage. The NMBI will take 90 days to review the documents you have sent in. During this assessment period, CCM can begin to submit your CV to Irish hospitals for review. Contact us for more details on current vacancies & which hospitals will suit your speciality and skill set.

Once assessment is complete you will receive a Decision Letter stating whether or not you meet the requirements to work as a Registered Nurse or Midwife in Ireland

For more detailed information on how to complete the Application Pack you can contact

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