Press Release

New Guidelines for Health Agencies Recruiting Nurses from Abroad

The Minister for Health and Children, Mr Micheál Martin T.D. today (17 January 2002) published new guidelines for health service employers involved in the recruitment of nurses and midwives from overseas.

The document Guidance for Best Practice on the Recruitment of Overseas Nurses and Midwives has been prepared by a working group chaired by the Chief Nursing Officer at Departmnent of Health and Children. The guidelines are intended to assist health service employers in ensuring that best human resource practice is followed at all stages in the recruitment process. Particular emphasis is placed on the need for appropriate induction, orientation and adaptive programmes for nurses and midwives coming to Ireland from abroad.

The guidelines set out five guiding principles: Quality, Ethical Recruitment, Equity, Inclusiveness, and Promotion of Nursing and Midwifery. Minister Martin said that the full adoption of these principles “is essential to the successful recruitment of high calibre nursing and midwifery staff from overseas”.

The new guidelines are being circulated to all health service employers.