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Suspension of Student Nurse Clinical Placement

Dear Colleagues

At very short notice this evening the PNA were requested to attend a meeting with the Department of Health (DOH) at 7.45 pm in relation to the suspension of student nurse clinical placements. At the meeting the DOH outlined that the HSE had informed them that they would re redeploying staff who support undergraduate training in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

In light of this the DOH has decided to suspend clinical placements for years 1 – 3 from Monday 18th for two weeks. The Department confirmed that this placement will not have to be paid back at a later date. The DOH also stated that there is currently no intention to secure the services of year 1 – 3 students as employees. Intern 4th year students will continue on placement.

We have sought clarity in relation to the pay rate for interns and are seeking that they are paid at the higher rate which applied to them last March, i.e.; HCA rate.

We have informed the DOH that we are available over the weekend to engage

Yours sincerely

Peter Hughes

General Secretary

NMBI ARF Removals Process

Dear Members

NMBI is now preparing the administrative process for removing persons for non-payment of the ARF.

Key Dates;

Thursday 14 March: Payment options will be shut down to allow the administrative process for removals.

Wednesday 20 March: Removals from the Register by NMBI.

Thursday 21 March: Check the Register will reflect the changes in status, letters will be issued to those removed, and the list of those removed will be sent to the HSE, Minister of Health and known employers.

Please note: It will not be possible to pay ARF from 5:30pm on Thursday 14 March until removals occur on Wednesday 20 March.

Yours sincerely,

Peter Hughes

General Secretary


Important Update re Strike



Dear Members,

The PNA were invited by the Chair of the Labour Court today to a hearing of the Labour Court which took place this evening.

We are to have daily engagement with the employer until Friday when the Labour Court will be reconvened.

We have agreed to suspend our strike action this week, i.e. Tuesday 12th, Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th in the interim.

Can all strike committees please circulate this widely and please ensure that  your nurse managers are informed

Thank you for your cooperation

Yours sincerely,

Peter Hughes
General Secretary


Reminder re Annual Retention Fee Removals Procedure NMBI

Dear Members,

Please see below received from NMBI - Final Reminder that ARF payment facility is shut on 23rd March 2018 at 5 p.m.


Peter Hughes
General Secretary


Full Text of Email Below:

ARF Removals Process Update

Annual Retentions Fees were due on or before 1 January 2018, and final reminder letters were issued on 13 February 2018.

We wish to advise you that we are now preparing the administrative process for removals from the Register.

The facility to pay ARF online through My Account and the NMBI Payments Line (1890 200 116) will shut on Friday 23 March 2018 at 5pm.   

Removals from the Register

If you do not pay your fee the Board will consider the removal of your name from the Register for failure to pay the Annual Retention Fee in accordance with Section 77(1) of the Nurses and Midwives Act 2011. 

The next Board meeting takes place on the week of Monday 26 March 2018 and the names of those who have not paid their ARF will be forwarded to the Board.

Please be reminded that once your name has been removed from the Register you are not entitled to practice as a nurse or midwife in Ireland. This includes clinical practice, nursing /midwifery management, education or research.

Once your name has been removed from the Register your status changes on the Register to “unregistered”, and you are sent a letter by NMBI to inform you of the change of status. In order to restore to the Register you must complete the Restoration Form (available from My Account and pay the new fee. This may take up to 10 working days.

If a nurse or midwife has paid but has not yet received their Annual Retention Certificate 2018
If you have not received your new Annual Retention Certificate for 2018 within 7 working days of making your payment, please contact us immediately on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or alternatively please call the NMBI Payments Line - 1890 200 116.

We thank you for your co-operation.




NMBI Elections 2017

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland - Elections 2017


Dear Colleagues,

The nominations for NMBI Board elections closed on the 3rd July 2017.

The PNA nominated Ms Catherine Cocoman, Kildare Mental Health Services for the Psychiatric Nursing Category.

Catherine was the only nominee for this category and therefore was deemed elected to the Board.

I wish to take this opportunity to congratulate Catherine on her election.


The PNA nominated Mr Liam Hamill, St Joseph’s I.D. Services Portrane to the Intellectual Disability Category

Liam is also the I.D. rep on the Officer Board of the PNA

As there are 2 nominations for this category an election will take place.

Election and E-voting Information will be issued on or before 31st August to every nurse and midwife registered with NMBI as of the 21st August 2017 at 1pm

The electronic ballot will take place on wed 20th September of 2017 at 9am and the ballot will close on Thursday 28th September at noon.

Your support for Liam would be greatly appreciated and in this regard we are hoping to encourage all members to for Liam Hamill for the ID category.

We will be sending out further information and calling to services prior to the election.

Yours sincerely

Peter Hughes, 

General Secretary