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Nursing & Midwifery

Nursing & Midwifery

Nurses are the frontline carers of the healthcare world. They help patients reach the best quality of life possible while going through an illness and assist them in making a full recovery. Midwives work with pregnancy and childbirth, caring for mother and child. 

Nursing is a rewarding job and a popular career choice - one that is hugely in demand. Both nurses and midwives must undertake specialist training in nursing or midwifery, which will include college, following which they will need to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Board. 

Career progression in Nursing depends on a mixture of work experience and further study. For example, further post-registration programme options include: Children's Nursing; Nurse Tutor; Public Health Nursing; and Nurse Prescriber.

Post-graduate Diplomas and Masters Qualifications will provide further career opportunities such as: Clinical Nurse Specialist, Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Emergency Nursing, and Intensive Care Nursing. 

A General Nursing qualification can also lead to careers in such areas as Health Service Management or Medical Research. It worth noting that a general nursing qualification is recognised in many other countries, and so is also a passport to opportunities to travel and work abroad.

Nurses and Midwives can work in both public or private healthcare settings and are not limited to employment in hospitals. There is even a specific speciality, public health nursing, for nurses who work in the community. You could find yourself working in areas as diverse as a university, a care home, primary healthcare teams, an aid agency or in a communications role promoting healthy living.

Occupations in Nursing & Midwifery
(sorted by Job Zone)

Nurses Aid / Healthcare Assistant

Works within a hospital or community setting under the guidance of a qualified healthcare professional.

General Nurse (RGN)

Works in a hospital or clinic caring for patients and assisting doctors and surgeons with their treatment.

Intellectual Disability Nurse

Tends to the special needs of people with intellectual disabilities, working in either residential or community services.

Nurse Midwife

Cares for pregnant women during both the pregnancy and the birth.

Nurse Practitioner - Advanced

RANPs - Registered Advanced Nurse Practitioners - are the highest level of clinical experts in the nursing profession in Ireland.

Nurse Tutor

Teaches nursing students who are candidates with the NMBI.

Public Health Nurse

Public Health Nurses are qualified registered nurses who provide a range of health care services in the community.

Theatre / Perioperative Nurse

Co-ordinates provision of patient care and support services within a surgery unit.

Nurse Prescriber

The prescribing of medicinal products is a new role for nurses and midwives in Ireland in order to meet the needs of patients/clients and the community in general.