Education & Research


The further education of our nursing staff is very important to the Tallaght University Hospital nursing service and is encouraged and supported. We are a teaching hospital linked to TCD providing a clinical learning environment for nurses and have developed links with the Institute of Technology Tallaght.


The Tallaght University Hospital Nursing Service continues to be at the forefront of nursing development in the 21st Century. As we go forward we continue to strive to create, maintain and continuously develop a centre of excellence for Nursing in the hospital. As a result we are involved in and support research activities.

Clinical Adaptation & Assessment

National Nursing Home Programme for Candidate Nurse Clinical Adaptation & Assessment

Practicing as a Nurse in Ireland
In order to practice as a Nurse in Ireland you must be registered with the Nursing Board of Ireland (NMBI). Nurses who have trained outside of the EU & EEA or trained before the training country acceded to the EU may be required to complete a Clinical Adaptation & Assessment or an Aptitude test. This decision is made by the NMBI.  Further information about application to NMBI for overseas nurses is available through this link

Clinical Adaptation & Assessment
Clinical Adaption & Assessment has to be undertaken in a hospital approved by the NMBI. As Nursing Homes cannot provide Clinical Adaptation & Assessment programmes Tallaght University Hospital co-ordinates a Clinical Adaptation Programme for these nurses. This is done in collaboration with the Nursing & Midwifery Practice Development Unit (NMPDU) of the Health Service Executive (HSE) and uses a hub & spoke model. The Nurse Adaptation Department in Tallaght University Hospital administers the programme and provides an induction programme. They also liaise with and support the Hospitals where clinical placement is undertaken.

How can nurses apply for a Clinical Adaptation placement on the Nursing Home Programme?
When you have received your decision letter from NMBI you can start the process. You apply to a nursing home for a position as a Registered Nurse informing them you have a decision letter from NMBI and need to be assessed for registration. If you are successful in gaining a contract with the Nursing Home they then sponsor you to undertake adaptation and assessment. The Nursing Home pay you while you undertake the programme and pay the course fee €1,000 (2017).

Your employer must then apply to to request a place on the programme. The email should include the name of the Nursing Home and the employers full contact details. They MUST attach a scanned copy of your ‘Decision Letter’ which is valid for 12 months from its date of issue. If your decision letter is close to expiry you should contact us to discuss this. They should also identify your clinical site preference.

Your employer will then be sent the necessary letter for you to apply to the NMBI for a Candidate Registration Certificate and if required an Atypical Work Permit (AWP). They will also receive step by step instructions regarding the entry criteria for the programme. You are required to have current Basic Life Support and Manual Handling certificates, an occupational health pre-employment assessment that has been undertaken in Ireland and appropriate entry and work visas. Full information regarding these requirements are in the employer’s information pack.

The programme framework
The programme takes a minimum of seven weeks, this can be extended to a total of 12 weeks if required. It comprises of one week orientation and induction followed by a minimum of six weeks clinical placement within an acute, general inpatient, setting. Clinical Placements are listed below.

The programme aims to provide overseas nurses with a comprehensive orientation and induction followed by assessment of competence in a supportive clinical environment.

Programme Content and Course Material
The induction aims to provide an insight into Nursing and Living in Ireland. It covers three broad categories of information to help you adapt to the science and culture of nursing in Ireland; Professional & Ethical Behaviours, Core clinical skills and Social & Cultural Knowledge.

A blended learning approach is used. Candidates attending classes and undertake E learning modules. Areas covered on the induction are:


  • Nurses Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics
  • Trust in Care
  • Dignity at work
  • Health Care in Ireland
  • Policies


  • Infection Prevention and Control
  • Respiratory Care
  • End of Life Care
  • Continence Management
  • Pain Management in the Elderly
  • Tissue Viability
  • Early Warning Score
  • Speech and Language
  • Sepsis
  • Falls
  • Care of the Elderly
  • Medication Safety
  • Diabetes Management
  • Stroke Overview
  • Transfusion Safety

Social Cultural

  • Geography
  • History
  • Location
  • Language, dialect and colloquialisms
  • Travel
  • Sport
  • Entertainment, Museums & Galleries
  • Economy
  • Food

Clinical Placement
When possible you will be allocated to the clinical site that is most convenient for you. There will be a clinical facilitator to guide and support you, the clinical nurse manager (CNM) and your preceptor through the adaptation and assessment process. You will be orientated to the hospital and its procedures. Preceptors will be allocated to support and assess you using the NMBI Competence Assessment tool. You will be expected to progress from a position of high direction-high support to low direction-low support. By the time of your final assessment you will be expected to demonstrate that you can manage and deliver the care to a specific group of patients. You will be working in a supernumerary capacity and will be supervised at all times by a registered nurse.

Dates for 2017/2018
Monday October 2nd 2017
Monday April 9th 2018
Monday June 11th 2018

Clinical placement Sites

Mater Misericordiae Hospital, Eccles St, Dublin.

Saolta Hospital Group: The Clinical Facilitator for Saolta is based in Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe. Therefore this is used as the primary site for adaptation. However use of the other hospitals in the group will be considered.

The Hospitals in the group are: Portiuncula University Hospital, Galway University Hospitals (includes Merlin Park Hospital) Letterkenny University Hospital, Sligo University Hospital, Mayo University Hospital, Roscommon University Hospital,

For further information

 Ph  01 414 2094 or 01 414 2000 Email for all adaptation related enquiries

Assistant Director of Nursing5 (ADON): Carrie McLean E.

Administrative Assistant: David McCabe E.