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Why choose Galway for your next nursing role?

Whether you are already a registered nurse or are just starting your journey into the nursing industry, we can help you. Our guide highlights nursing education pathways, explores the opportunities available and highlights the benefits of living as a nurse in Galway.

Looking for nursing jobs in Galway? Galway is known for its rich natural beauty – filled with rustic coastlines and green fields, some would say Galway is perhaps one of the most picturesque places to live in the whole of Ireland.

Becoming a nurse in Galway

Interested in becoming an agency nurse in Galway? Nurses are often inundated with a variety of vacancies, specialising in a number of settings, such as:

  • Hospitals
  • GP practices
  • Mental health facilities
  • Community settings


Entry requirements to study a degree in nursing vary by university, but it usually requires three A-levels, or equivalent qualifications, at Level 3. GCSEs are also expected, including Maths, English and Science.

If you’re studying in the Republic of Ireland, you’ll need a leaving certificate with a minimum grade of H5 in at least two higher-level papers and a minimum grade of O6/H7 in four ordinary or higher-level papers. Accepted subjects include Irish or English, Maths, Science and three other subjects. If you’re looking to study as a nurse in Galway, you could study at NUI Galway or ATI Galway.

Registering as a nurse in Galway

To register as a Nurse in Galway you’ll need to be approved by the NMBI, which is the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland. Before you can secure a job, you will have to apply to the NMBI and pay for the application fees, it usually takes a minimum of six months to be approved.


To become a nurse in Ireland you must study a degree in nursing – this typically involves studying theory, but also applying learnings to hands-on practical experience in community settings and hospitals.

You will also generally specialise in one of the 4 areas of nursing:

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

I’ve got my nursing qualification – what next?


Once qualified as a nurse, it’s important to consider what location you want to work in. This can refer to both your professional setting, such as hospitals or GP practices and to the physical location of where in Ireland you would like to live and work.

Benefits of working as a nurse in Galway

Working as a nurse in Galway comes with many benefits, such as:

  • Scenery – Galway is renowned for its stunning beauty and is one of the most charming locations in Ireland. As a harbour city on Ireland’s west coast, you’ll never be short of fresh air and striking landscapes.
  • Culture – this historic city is filled with so much to see and do, including traditional pubs, harbours and places to see Irish Folk music. Galway has also been coined the festival capital of Ireland – hosting a number of festivals each year.
  • The Aran islands – escape to the Atlantic at any time, as the history Aran islands are so close by. Having inspired countless writers and artists over the centuries, many come to the Aran Islands as a sanctuary to connect with rural Ireland.

Register as an agency nurse with The Guild

Here at The Guild, our nursing agency in Galway is looking for qualified nurses to fill our vacancies across the Republic of Ireland. We’re looking to recruit nurses who have found their specialism background and have a couple of years of experience working as a nurse. We offer competitive rates of pay as well as training opportunities. Want to know more about becoming an agency nurse in Galway? Register online with us today.

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