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18 1985



Preliminary and General

Short Title.

1. —This Act may be cited as the Nurses Act, 1985.


2. —In this Act—

the Board” means An Bord Altranais or the Nursing Board established by this Act;

establishment day” means the day appointed to be the establishment day under section 4 of this Act;

Fitness to Practise Committee” means the committee established by the Board under section 13 (2) of this Act;

the former Board” means An Bord Altranais established under the Nurses Act, 1950 ;

health board” means a health board established under the Health Act, 1970 ;

Member State” means a state, other than the State, which is a member of the European Economic Communities;

midwife” means a person whose name is entered in the midwives division of the register;

the Minister” means the Minister for Health;

nurse” means a woman or a man whose name is entered in the register and includes a midwife and “nursing” includes “midwifery”;

prescribed” means prescribed by rules made by the Board;

the register” means the register of nurses established under section 27 of this Act;

registered medical practitioner” means a person whose name is entered in the General Register of Medical Practitioners established under the Medical Practitioners Act, 1978 ;

rules” means rules made under section 26 of this Act.


3. —This Act shall come into operation on such day or days as may be fixed therefor by order or orders of the Minister either generally or with reference to a particular purpose or provision and different days may be so fixed for different purposes and different provisions of this Act.

Establishment day.

4. —The Minister may by order appoint a day to be the establishment day for the purposes of this Act.


5. —The enactments specified in the First Schedule to this Act are hereby repealed.