Many Filipino nurses are currently working their way to seek employment in Canada, New Zealand, Australia and United Kingdom. While they are doing their best to work in these foreign countries, I am equally preoccupied with my quest towards becoming a nurse in Ireland. Perhaps many will wonder why I prefer to go to this country. Let me tell you why.
First, there are numerous job opportunities waiting for nurses in Ireland. Surprisingly, the process of becoming a nurse in this country is easier than in the U.K. The minimum required IELTS scores are also lower than other countries. The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) requires their overseas applicants to obtain the following IELTS band scores: Listening and Reading – 6.5, Writing and Speaking – 7.0, Overall Band Score – 7.0.
To give you a little background, NMBI is Ireland’s version of the Philippine’s PRC. It is the governing body that regulates the registration and practice of nurses and midwives in Ireland. In order for a Filipino nurse to practice one’s profession in this country, one should accomplish and send to the NMBI an overseas application registration form and pay the assessment fee of 350 Euros. An application pack, containing more than 20 pages, will be sent to your address where you and several authorized institutions (such as the school, PRC, and your employer) will have to comply. You need to wait for a decision letter before you can become a nurse in Ireland. For most Filipino applicants, the decision letter will state that one should undergo an adaptation program that lasts for 6-12 weeks. Read more: NMBI Guide for Overseas Applicants
In addition, you do not need to shell out more money than those required in other countries. In Ireland, you have the option to choose between taking the RCSI’s CBT and OSCE (costs around 2,000 Euros) or the adaptation program. No need for expensive tuition fees for bridging programs and no need for large amounts of ‘show money.’ Also, most Ireland hospitals have generous relocation packages that usually cover the following expenses: NMBI registration (495 Euros), economy plane ticket to Ireland, visa processing costs and more. There are several recruitment agencies that could help you land a job in Ireland.
Furthermore, there is a real possibility of earning an Irish citizenship and experiencing the benefits of being an Irish citizen. For those who aim to have a permanent and long term employment, being a nurse in Ireland is the key. After 5 years, you can start applying for Irish citizenship and hopefully bring your family and dependents with you in the country.
And finally, Ireland is just beautiful in itself! There are hundreds of castles and the place is full of mystique and charm. Who would not want to visit this country? Here are 10 magical reasons to visit Ireland.
These are just a number of reasons why I chose Ireland over other places. Perhaps I am still taking baby steps in this journey to the Emerald Isle but I will get there soon, with God’s grace. Cheers and I hope to see you in Ireland!