Currently in Ireland, there is a recruitment embargo on hiring nurses into the public sector. For this reason, there are very few clinical jobs available. However, improvements in the standards in the private sector has meant there has been a surge in the recruitment of nurses into the private nursing home sector. As an organisation, we deal with hundreds of nursing homes across Ireland and whilst salary and requirements vary from one organisation to another, one thing is mandatory – registration with ‘An Bord Altranais’ – The Irish Nursing Board. The registration process involves completing an application form, paying €200 and gathering several documents – the full process is outlined in the attached diagram.
There are jobs in cities, towns and villages across Ireland. Nurses with any level of experience are considered as long as they have good written and spoken English. Classes for improving English can be arranged but nurses need to be able to work in the English language, so a level of fluency is expected. At FRS Recruitment, we screen every nurse and discuss their level of English with them prior to applying for positions. An intensive medical English class in your own country is often a good idea in order to do well in interview and in the job. When a nurse starts work in Ireland, they must do ‘manual handling’ certificate – learning how to lift properly and a Basic Life Support Class, most employers organise these courses or advise new employees where to attend.
Working with elderly patients is very rewarding and offers a good career path to nurses who would like to move up to management stage within a few years, nurses who have experience in this sector are particularly in demand.