Nurses who want to work in Ireland will now be able to take an English language test designed specifically for healthcare professionals.
The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) has formally recognised OET - the Occupational English Test - for overseas-trained nurses and midwives who need to prove their level of English for registration in Ireland. NMBI will accept OET scores from 2 January 2018.
OET CEO, Sujata Stead explains: “OET is more relevant to healthcare professionals because it uses real healthcare scenarios making them more confident on test day. It also has the additional benefit of providing an insight into the language and communication skills healthcare professionals will need in their new workplace, thereby equipping candidates with the language skills for success at work.”
Overseas-trained nurses and midwives who are required to take an English language test to gain registration with the NMBI need to achieve at least a C+ in listening and reading, and at least a Grade B in writing and speaking.
Stead concludes “Regulators and employers can feel confident that healthcare professionals who have achieved the required level in OET for their profession can communicate effectively in the healthcare workplace.”
For more information about the NMBI English language test requirements, go to:
The Occupational English Test is currently available every month in nearly 40 countries.