Why choose Dublin for your next nursing role?

Looking for a nursing career in Dublin? Whether you are already a registered nurse or have just begun your career in nursing, there is a wide range of opportunities available for you.

As a diverse and exciting career, nurses often have the choice of a variety of vacancies, specialising in a number of settings – including hospitals, GP practices, mental health facilities and more. This can make it difficult to know which path is the right one for you – which is where we step in. Our informational guide will help you to discover all the different pathways to becoming a nurse in Dublin.

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Becoming a nurse in Dublin


To become a nurse, there are various qualifications you will need to obtain. In many cases, most countries also have a registering body you will need to join to become a fully qualified nurse, which is no different in Ireland, which has the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland.

Nursing Degree

Many nurses become qualified by completing a university degree – this should provide you with the skills, knowledge, and aptitude to become a nurse. Most courses require a clinical component to be completed – this could be in various settings such as hospitals, psychiatric wards, community centres, GP practices or another facility. Qualified nurses tend to specialise in one of the four areas of nursing:

  • Adult nursing
  • Mental health nursing
  • Children’s nursing
  • Learning disability nursing

Entry requirements for the university degree will usually require three UK A-levels or a C3 in two higher papers and a D3 in four papers in the Irish Leaving Certificate. You must complete at least one laboratory science, math and either English or Irish.

To study as a nurse in Dublin, there is a vast range of universities you could choose from, including Trinity College Dublin, Dublin City University , University of Limerick or many more.

Alternative routes into nursing

If you don’t have the grades to get into your nursing degree straight away, most universities offer foundation courses for students who don’t have the required academic background. For mature students who wish to get into nursing, they are required to take a Public Appointment Service exam and then submit their application through the Central Applications Office.

Registering as a nurse in Dublin

The nursing authority in Ireland is the NMBI which stands for Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland . Anyone who wishes to become a nurse in Ireland must be approved by this service. Before you can secure a job, you may have to go through a lengthy process and pay for the application fees – you should plan for a minimum of six months for this to be approved.

Benefits of working as a nurse in Dublin

Aside from the prestigious universities, there are many other reasons as to why you may want to live in Dublin.

Dublin is a cultural haven known for many things – not only is it the capital of the Irish republic, it is also known as the city of the ‘craic.’ Dubliners are known for their welcoming nature and partying spirit. This city is home to four world-ranking universities that are known for their advancements in medicine, atomic physics, and literature. Dublin is also home to plenty of career opportunities and there are many jobs for nurses.

  • History – Ireland is steeped in a rich cultural history which is reflected in the buildings scattered around the city.
  • Good nightlife – Harcourt Street is home to some of the best clubs in Europe – you won’t ever be a long way from a pub or a bar! Head to Temple Bar spread over cobbled pedestrian lanes for the most iconic riverside bar experience.
  • Central location – home to budget airlines, Ryanair and Aer Lingus, Dublin is a great destination for people who wish to travel and explore Europe for an affordable price.

Working as a nurse in Dublin provides a range of opportunities, which is where we at The Guild step in. At our nursing agency in Dublin, we’re always looking for qualified nurses to fill vacancies across the city, providing competitive rates of pay, reimbursed travel costs and fantastic training opportunities.

Register with the Nursing Guild

We’re looking for exceptional nursing and midwifery professionals like you to join our team. Register with the Nursing Guild to access high rates of pay, paid mileage and support with revalidation.

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