Membership (MFNMRCSI)

Membership of the Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery offers professional development, learning and networking opportunities to registered nurses and midwives meeting the application criteria.

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Features of membership

  • Membership means subscribing to the mission, vision and values of the Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery, including life-long learning which you can access through CPD programmes.
  • Membership gives you the right to use the title MFNMRCSI (Membership of the Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery, RCSI).
  • Learning opportunities are delivered through a ‘blended’ approach. This means delivering CPD and other clinical, education, management and research programmes through both face-to-face and online learning.

  • Membership provides a conduit to support nurses and midwives to adapt to new policies and future innovations, as we face a future in which Irish health service policy will significantly change.
  • Membership of professional groups is highly valued as a means of demonstrating professional interest and motivation; it makes explicit individual priorities and professional commitment and is considered a competitive advantage in terms of seeking new job opportunities.
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  • You must have attained a minimum of a bachelor degree in nursing, midwifery or equivalent, or a postgraduate diploma.
  • You should submit your application through the Faculty membership ePortfolio.
  • Your application should demonstrate your personal and professional qualifications for membership and evidence of continuous professional development (CPD).
  • Your supporting documentation should include a membership professional reflection assessment. This assessment will provide evidence of your ongoing engagement with lifelong learning and CPD. Potential areas to focus on are the reflective process, clinical supervision, preceptor-ship/mentorship, clinical decision making and teamwork. See below for more details.
  • If you do not meet the qualifying criteria for membership you may submit your application by using the assessment of prior educational learning (APEL) or reflection on prior learning (RPL) route. This route will be used to recognise your prior clinical expertise and experience. See the handbook for more information.
  • Please contact ainehalligan@rcsi.ie if you require assistance in completing your application.

Applicants must possess a degree in nursing, midwifery or equivalent or a postgraduate diploma. We also offer a route for those who do not hold these qualifications through accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL).

If you hold an MSc qualification or equivalent, and are more than five years qualified, you may be interested in Fellowship by Examination (FFNMRCSI) Award.

Reflection is a way for healthcare professionals to reflect in – and on – their work, thereby developing clinical and education skills.

Application for membership includes submitting a professional reflection assessment. You are required to demonstrate understanding of the concept of reflection, identify the importance of reflection to clinical practice and discuss expected learnings from the process.

Assessment details

  • You are required to reflect on a professional initiative you have been involved in.
  • This may include reflection on the concepts of mentorship, preceptorship, professional leadership, clinical supervision and continuous professional development.
  • You may demonstrate the importance of maintaining a professional development portfolio which includes evidence of reflection or you may develop a range of coping strategies, such as reflection to demonstrate awareness of the importance of personal physical and mental wellbeing.
  • Word count: 2,000 words
  • Due date: As identified by Faculty
  • Grading: Pass or fail
  • Assessment text should be referenced and a reference list should be provided in line with the submission guidelines of the Faculty. See referencing guidelines in the membership handbook.

For more information on the professional reflection assessment, download the membership handbook.

  • Membership application fee: €95 

You will be able to make payment once you start the application process.

To proceed with your application and pay the membership application fee please proceed to the dedicated membership ePortfolio.

Applications are now open for 2022.

Your application must be submitted through the dedicated membership ePortfolio. The ePortfolio encompasses a record of your professional experiences and qualifications (CV) and also areas and a number of concepts which are explained in more detail in the membership handbook.