Julie Faucon, A Nurse’s Humanitarian Journey

Julie Faucon, nurse, returned fromAfghanistan last November. At the age of 32, she is part of the medical pool of the non-governmental organization Médecins Sans Frontières and has been regularly traveling on humanitarian missions for seven years.

Julie Faucon, MSF nurse. © Dr

I always wanted to bevery badre for MSF, having no idea trdit is clear what a cripple isdre humanitarian. I discovered this later explains Julie Faucon, Director of Nursing at Doctors Without Borders, a non-governmental organization responsible for providing assistance to populations at risk of conflict and natural disasters.

After four years in an intensive care unit in the Paris region, she launched herself and carried out a project that had inspired her since her teenage years.

A nurse in a conflict zone

In September 2021, Julie Faucon flew to Afghanistan, her fourteenth mission after the DRC, Yemen and Iraq, among others.

While the country is experiencing a new humanitarian crisis, connected, in particular, with the seizure of power by the Taliban and droughtJulie Faucon served in a hotelhospital ddeployed by MSF in Herat, threedmy city is in the country. On site, she held the position of Director of Nursing – the equivalent of a DSSI position in France – at the Nutrition Center.

We care for children suffering from severe malnutrition.dres and high frequencies associateded to such complications as septic shock, severe anemiadre or oedsdmy – explains the nurse. In paralleldthe hospital accepts patients with severe eating disorders as outpatients.dre or medium severity without complications and provides them with medical nutrition. ” All the beds were occupied and we had to adapt our seats. I discovered another area of ​​knowledge, with real influence “- she explains.

Even if she doesn’t stop there, Julie Faucon talks about her unforgettable experiences working as a nurse in a conflict zone, such as the days when she resisted to mass influxes painés, in connection with the attacks. ” These are cases that can be traumatic for patients and for the teams we work with. You have to know how to manage the influx, and for that, experience working in France does not hurtdon’t regret “, she emphasizes.

Incidents she was prepared for during her training. In this context, teams sometimes have to deal with multiple cases of patients with multiple injuries, gunshot wounds or victims of explosions, for example.

“Variety of impressions”

In 2014, Julie Faucon joined the MSF teams. First task? Chechnya ” Iyou are crippleddre-specialized. Since I had experience in cardiac resuscitation, I went to a project dedicated to the care of patients after myocardial infarction. My role was both a technical and an educational mission “- she explains.

The humanitarian organization works according to the system basin. Get it: A group of nurses potentially ready to go on a mission. After recruitment from the pool, it is his manager who offers FDI term contracts according to needs and profile. ” MSF offers diverse experiences as well as personal and professional enrichmentdthat’s cool. it’s not easy but This allows you to gain new knowledge notes Julie Faucon.

Know how to adapt

According to her, the fundamental quality needed for nurses in humanitarian missions is not necessarily the possession of outstanding technical skills, but the ability to adapt to different areas and have an organizational vision. ” I often hear that you have to work in intensive care to work with MSF, but you don’t have to. I recommend, for example, with work in the trauma center, in the hospitalization department, in the operating room or in the ward fromdeve. Rather, it is necessary to have a variety of experiences and a clear understanding of the quality of care and adherence to protocols. “, she nuances.

The main criticismdTo be re-hired to the MSF team, you must be able to demonstrate three years of experience in two different types of services.

A young woman preparing to return to Yemen also insists on the importance of deconstructing prejudices about humanitarianism: “ there is often a misconception about medical personnel in the conflict zone. Intervention contexts are sometimes complex, but we do not run under bombs. For my part, I have never worked in an advanced medical facility on the front lines “.

Camilla Barn

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