Neonatal Nurses - Medecins Sans Frontieres

Location: International

Interested in a unique professional and personal challenge?

At any one time, around 2,500 international personnel contribute to a global team of over 35,000 Médecins Sans Frontières field staff who provide emergency medical care in more than 70 countries. Australian and New Zealand professionals fill more than 200 field positions annually.

As a neonatal nurse working for Médecins Sans Frontières your training and supervisory skills will be utilised to the full. The roles you play may vary from setting up and managing a newborn unit within a hospital, providing clinical “hands on” care for unwell or severely ill neonates, or managing care of pre-term babies. You may also be taking the lead on teaching and implementing Kangaroo Mother Care.

Neonatal nurses working for Médecins Sans Frontières work very closely with national staff who have experience in low resource settings if not specifically in neonatal care. You will be supporting local staff in the upgrading of their skills.

In the field, our Newborn Units (NBU) vary greatly, ranging from high capacity settings with CPAP capabilities to more basic units with minimal possible intervention (O2 and IV therapy only). All our projects are supported by Paediatric Advisors and very clear guidelines and protocols.

We are looking for Neonatal Nurses who can commit to an assignment of at least six months (9+ months preferred). You must be willing to work in potentially unstable contexts. The majority of our neonatal nurses are working in countries such as Afghanistan, Pakistan, Jordan, and South Sudan. 

Your skills and experience will include:

  • RN (Div.1) or Midwife qualifications and a minimum of two years experience in Special Care Nursery or Newborn Unit
  • Experience in neonatal resuscitation
  • Experience in recognition and management of common neonatal issues such as prematurity, hypoxemia, and hypothermia
  • Experience in identification of severe neonatal issues such as sepsis and asphyxia 
  • Ability to work in a low-tech environment
  • Assets may include experience in additional areas – particularly NICU, PICU, Obstetrics, or Paediatrics.

Recruitment is open year-round. Working to deliver medical aid overseas requires a serious commitment. We are looking for people who have taken their time to consider what it might be like and are prepared for a significant challenge. Please ensure you carefully consider all of the criteria and information available on the website before applying.

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More resources are available on our website, along with information about how to apply and the essential criteria. You can also register for recruitment updates and find information about upcoming information evenings and webinars. It is recommended to participate in at least one webinar and/or attend an information evening before submitting your application.

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