Doctors Without Borders Interview - page 2

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Hello there, I have an interview with Doctors Without Borders in a few weeks and I am wondering if anyone has experience with this organization. What kind of questions do they ask? How long was the interview? Anything specific I... Read More


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    Hello,

    I too have an interview scheduled with MSF in the NY office. Does anyone have any advice on how to prepare for the interview?
    I'm assuming that this interview will be unique to most interviews I've had in the past. Does anyone have any advice on the types of questions they ask?

    I'm not applying as an RN yet, but rather as an admin until I finish my nursing program. I know the basics, like...freshen up my french skills, international travel, and experience leading/managing others...although if anyone has any additional advice on the type of questions, I'd love the help!

    I'm quite nervous.
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    Hello Nursology, sorry for the long delay. I was in the field and just arrived home a few days ago. My experience with RN RN was excellent. They're very professional and helpful. It's a totally different experience than MSF though -- MSF is a career (or can be). They are a competitive organization to get into and they expect a lot from their "volunteers" (you are paid a small stipend). You have to come to them with a lot of international and management experience and they consider it a huge asset if you speak French. RN RN was a really cool life experience (sort of like a really interesting vacation where I did a bit of nursing) and I would do it again in a heartbeat, MSF is something I'll likely dedicate my life to because it's an organization I believe in and the work is incredibly rewarding. If you have any other questions feel fre to PM me; I should be in the country for a while now.
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    Would you all recommend getting hospital RN experience before volunteering/working overseas? I am very interested in international nursing, and I'd prefer not to wait once I am done with my program, but I will if it's for the best.
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    Absolutely. Most organizations won't even look at your resume if you don't have any experience and hospital experience is pretty much where it's at. MSF won't think about hiring you unless you have two years of experience. Most other organizations are similar. 90% of what you learn about nursing is not in nursing school. I can understand your desire to go right into working overseas because I had it, too, but you will be well served by getting a solid foundation. Good luck !

    dg
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    I am getting hospital RN experience, but at closed psychiatric ward in University hospital. I have solid one year experience, and will stay one more year to get minimum standard. Will this clinical experience helpful? Should I looking for another job as ER, OR, or OB/GY nurse? I love psychiatric nursing. However, I am not sure if MSF wants psychiatric ward nurses.

    As for international background, I am a Korean nurse working in a Korean hospital, and have four month stayed in US and had traveled to Japan and Hongkong. Where would you recommend getting developing country experience? I want to go Malawi, or any African country but hard to find paying job over there as psychiatric nurse. Maybe I should find another volunteering organization?

    As for language, I am taking my English course. Should I take basic French course? Or I need to build up my English to be fluent?

    Thank you for reading this message. Working at MSF was all my dream. Thank you.
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    dg05, thank you for the info. I'm very early in my career process - I'm a PCA currently and applying to nursing schools. In November I plan on taking a trip to Ethiopia with an organization that is setting up clinics in rural areas. I'm very excited about this. I will keep following this thread so I can learn about doing overseas work in the future.
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    dg05, thank you for the info. I'm very early in my career process - I'm a PCA currently and applying to nursing schools. In November I plan on taking a trip to Ethiopia with an organization that is setting up clinics in rural areas. I'm very excited about this. I will keep following this thread so I can learn about doing overseas work in the future.
    I know this thread is relatively old... but I was actually wondering what organization you were working with if you don't mind me asking? I am currently enrolled in LPN school and plan to get to MSF the hard way (LPN-RN Bridge, RN-BSN while working) so it will be awhile before I can apply, but in the meantime I would love to find a similar organization to work with maybe. I went to Haiti last year as a volunteer in an unrelated field, but ended up helping out at a clinic anyways. It was a wonderful experience!

    I hope everyone's interview went well!


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