What International Nurses need to work in Ireland


Working as a Nurse in Ireland can provide a lot of opportunities and a great standard of living. We have put together a short guide on the requirements a Nurse needs in order to work in Ireland.


All Nurses must have registration with a license to legally practice Nursing to work in the Ireland. Registration and license to practice is issued by the Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) and is required by all Nurses in Ireland whether you work for the HSE, independent sector, full, part-time or agency roles.

There are also different registration types available and some requirements must be met in order to register. Visit the NMBI Website for more information or to apply for registration.

Find answers to a number of questions regarding NMBI registration for overseas candidates here

Right to Work in Ireland

In order to work in Ireland, you will have to meet the requirements of the Irish Immigrations Service. There are many visa types available to suit your situation. For more information and to apply, visit their website here.

Some healthcare providers can help with visa sponsorship. Our Permanent Recruitment Team are available to discuss this further.

English Proficiency

In order to be placed in a permanent nursing role in the Ireland, you must demonstrate your English Language abilities as part of the professional body registration.

The NMBI recognises IELTS and OET examinations to test your English proficiency. Both exams consist of four sections: Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking which can be completed on paper or on a computer at local test centres.

The NMBI require a minimum score of 7 in the writing and speaking section and a 6.5 in reading and listening sections. For the OET exam, NMBI require at least a grade C+ in writing and a grade B in the reading, listening and speaking modules.

Choosing which exam to take is down to personal preference, check out our blog to read more about each exam in detail to help you make a decision.


Nurses wanting to be placed in a permanent role in Ireland with Direct Medics ideally should have a minimum of 1 year Nursing experience. We have roles available within a variety of specialties and our recruitment team can discuss potential sponsorship details for a role once registration and work requirements are met.

For more information on requirements or job opportunities available visit our jobs board or contact our permanent recruitment team today at permrecruitment@directmedics.com