Nurses appeared disappointed from talks with the Ministry of Health and HSE yesterday aimed at preventing strikes at unsafe levels of staff.
Irish Nurse Members and Midwife Organizations will start voting on strike from Monday Sunday, November 19.
INMO said they left a two-week cooling period to allow employers to make realistic proposals to avoid disputes.
Unions were disappointed that no proposal had been made at the meeting but reiterated that they were ready to meet every day before the voting began.
Officials from the department and HSE are committed to further talks next week.
Nurses and midwives worry that salaries are too low to recruit and retain enough staff for safe care.
Last month, INMO members strongly rejected proposals from the Public Service Commission.
The commission recommended increasing some allowances and greater access to promotional posts but did not find any cases to deal with payment problems.
The Soul Nurses Association also rejected a commission proposal in the vote last month.
The association has requested a "down payment" while issues surrounding retention benefits and parity with therapeutic values are discussed.
Officials from the department and HSE said they would return to them the following Tuesday afternoon with a response – ahead of the PNA executive meeting on Thursday.
PNA also warned of continuing disruption to ambulance services because the overtime ban by 500 ambulance personnel continued until the second week.
The Nasra PNA branch leader, Sinead McGrath, said it was time for Health Minister Simon Harris to intervene.
The dispute was over HSE's refusal to engage in negotiations with the PNA when representing the interests of ambulance personnel.