The HSE have launched a recruitment drive abroad to try to find nurses to enable the re-opening of the Sacred Heart Unit at Dungarvan Community Hospital.
The shortage of nursing staff has resulted in the temporary closure of the long-stay rehab unit.
The patients were moved to other wards in the hospital.
Waterford Sinn Féin Deputy David Cullinane says despite their best efforts, the HSE are still some way from getting the ward open again.
Although there has been some success in recruiting within the State, he says the HSE are hoping to recruit nine nurses from this overseas drive.
Its hoped some of the closed beds can reopen again at the end of September.