Referent Nursing Care (m/f)

Employer: Médecins Sans Frontières 
Location: Brussels
Closing date: 01 Dec 2016

Referent for nursing care and nurse activity manager for OCB operations, with the focus on the quality of nursing care and the organizational aspects.

Following the operational trends that include bigger hospitals with increased number of beds, volume of activities, complexity of care and a higher level of technicality, OCB wants to invest in ensuring adequate, sustained and good quality nursing care.

Job profile :  

Leading the improvement of quality of nursing care in collaboration with the other relevant referents

Identify, revise and develop tools for nursing care:

Tools for patient management, patient safety and continuity of care: patient file, evaluation of patient needs in terms of nutrition, pain management, personal hygiene etc.

Tools for technical support: standard operational procedures, protocols…

Monitor and evaluate quality of nursing care in the different projects and propose action plan for improvements.

Focus on (with the relevant referents) safe drug administration and follow up, and aseptic care techniques.

Find solutions to improve specific nursing care activities related to wound care, burn care, casting, enteral feeding, and decubitus prevention in collaboration with the other relevant referents.

Ensure compliance to correct utilization of medical material and equipment.

Answers to technical field questions upon requests and coach nurses when needed.

Contribute to improved organization of nursing care

Identify, revise and develop tools to improve HR management: templates for recruitment tests, job descriptions, nurse/bed ratio, roasters, training packages, etc. adaptable to the different levels of care

Identify, revise and develop tools for the organization of services/wards: handover of shift, task nursing vs integrated care, ‘plan de soins’, care bundles, monitoring tools, etc.

Support improvement of specialized nursing care in collaboration with the other relevant referents as requested

Neonatal care; pediatric care; emergency care; intensive care; etc.

Establish SOP for specific nursing care techniques

Ventilated patient; central lines; etc.
Identify specific equipment or medical devices needed to ensure quality and safety of care


Identify training needs

Establish training tools for the field

Participate to general or medical trainings

Create a network of nursing care experts outside MSF

Provide ad hoc technical support to the field and referents upon request

Provides technical support for field questions related to patient care; to implement evidence based nursing care in the field; for field questions concerning medical devices linked to nursing care

Registered nurse

Masters in nursing care or Masters in public health

3 years field experience with MSF or a comparable organization

Experience in clinical and management roles in primary and secondary healthcare

Prepared to do field visits

English and French


Experience in paediatrics/neonatology or ICU/ER wards

Training skills

Writing skills: protocols, rapports, peer-reviewed journals

Analytical skills

Communication skills


Open ended Contract - Full time

Based in Brussels with regular visits to the field

Hospital Insurance (DKV) - Pension plan – Canteen - 100% reimbursement for public transportation costs

Start of contract: January 2017

CV + motivation letter to be sent before December 01th, 2016 to Caroline Maes, Rue de l’Arbre Bénit, 46 - 1050 Brussels or to**