INMO general secretary Phil Ni Sheaghdha has said the HSE has confirmed that the recruitment embargo has been lifted for nurses and midwives.
She said the HSE confirmed this with the INMO and said while it is welcome, she believes it "should have happened much earlier".
"Any nurse will be recruited on the agreed rate. That is not the issue. The issue is we need people to be appointed permanently to the health service."
She said hospitals and community care centres are under huge pressure amid the coronavirus outbreak and said frontline health workers need full protection.
"That includes any opportunity that we can get to prevent spread in the community."
"We already have a shortage of staff and frontline staff and we have to reduce the activities in order to match what we can provide safely."
She said they know the number of coronavirus cases will increase and testing has increased.
"At the moment the policy is anyone who tests positive is brought to a hospital setting."
She also believes that any health-care staff that have to go into self-isolation should be paid.
She said they have written to all private employers and hospitals and asked them to confirm that they will treat any self isolation request of their staff as special leave with pay.
She added it is too serious a matter to argue about.