COVID-19: Update for applicants18 November 2020
To allow for the various processes required between receiving an invitation to the test and the date of your test, a test opens on average 3.5 months in advance. To avoid unnecessary postponements, each applicant must carry out frequent checks including:
- Check if you have applied for/received your ATWS (can be applied for 90 days before test).
- Check if you have applied for/received your Entry Visa.
- Check that your NMBI Decision Letter will be in date on the first day of the Aptitude Test.
- Check that you will be ready for the allocated test date.
- Check if you will be ready for an earlier test date and wish to go on a wait list.
- Check if you need to postpone (this will be changed to the last date on timetable listed on the website).
Please contact email@example.com if:
- Your details have changed such as change in agent/employer since application for the test
- You need to apply for a change in test date.
Please note: Always quote your NMBI (six-digit) or RCSI (eight-digit) reference number.
Each applicant is individually and fully accountable for protecting themselves and others against COVID-19 and must adhere, at all times, to: coughing and sneezing etiquette; hand-hygiene; social-distancing; self-isolation/quarantine requirements; safe use of personal protective equipment (PPE); and any other requirement as determined by the National Public Health Emergency Team (NEPHET).Some links
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Health Service Executive Ireland
Dr Toney Thomas - Infection Prevention
Dr Toney Thomas - Donning and Doffing PPE
Please note: Aspects pertaining to COVID-19 now form part of the Aptitude Test.
Working as a general nurse in the Republic of Ireland
In order to work as a nurse in the Republic of Ireland you must be on the active register of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI). If you trained outside the Republic of Ireland you must undergo a regulatory assessment by the NMBI. When the assessment by the NMBI is complete, the outcome may be:
To refuse registration
As a prerequisite to registration, you must successfully complete one of two compensation measures: (a): the RCSI Aptitude Test or (b): A period of adaptation and assessment.