Move on nurse registrations will ease delays


News that further resources have been granted to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland this week has been warmly welcomed by Galway East TD Paul Connaughton who said that the move should result in a reduction in the delays being experienced by nursing home owners and nurses currently awaiting registration.
‘I raised this matter with Health Minister Leo Varadkar during a Topical Issues debate in the Dáil on Wednesday. Since then I have been informed that the Department of Health has met with the Nursing Board and approval has been granted for the recruitment of three clerical officers. Further meetings are scheduled in coming weeks to discuss an approved budget and human resources issues.
‘Minister Varadkar is to be commended for acting so swiftly on this issue. At the moment there are an estimated 700 applications with the Board awaiting registration. Registration is supposed to take 90 days, but where queries are raised, and they often are in the case of nurses trained in foreign countries, the application is put back to the start again and another 90 days can elapse, meaning that nursing homes waiting to recruit a nurse have to wait six months for the registration to be complete.
‘News of the additional appointments to the Nursing and Midwifery Board will be warmly welcomed by the many hundreds of nurses currently awaiting registration and will also be welcomed by many employers as it is estimated that at the moment there are 300 nursing vacancies in the private sector alone, largely due to delays in nursing registration. Not alone will a quicker turnaround time facilitate employers and employees, it will also allow the opening of some nursing home beds which are closed, which will in turn take further pressure off acute hospital services.
‘I thank Minister Varadkar for making this common sense decision. By acting swiftly and decisively on this issue, he has once again underlined this government’s commitment to cutting red tape, supporting local businesses and helping people back into the workforce.’