The Dream Job: Humanitarian Nursing with Médecins Sans Frontieres - Oral History Archive MSF
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Seven oral histories were recorded in 2013; each was recorded in a single sitting. Six of these histories are currently included in this archive. Orators/Participants were asked to recount their pathway to becoming a nurse and then subsequently volunteering with MSF; their experience of working for MSF; and their post-MSF life. Beyond these three questions few prompts were offered. A voice centred relational method (The listening guide) was used to aid analysis of the text due to its multilayered and feminist approach to understanding and analysis. The nurses offer a window into the life of a nurse working for MSF and thus some insight into the organisation itself. In addition, the histories include eye witness reports of involvement in humanitarian missions all over the world in the late 20th and early 21st century.
This project did not set out to explore MSF as an organisation in any detail so no attempt has been made, retrospectively, to do so. MSF [also known as 'Doctors without Borders'] is a large, multinational organisation offering medical aid in areas of conflict and natural disaster. Formed in 1971 in France it was created on the "belief that all people have the right to medical care regardless of gender, race, religion, creed or political affiliation, and that the needs of these people outweigh respect for national boundaries" (msf.org.uk). There are now regional offices all over the world, operating in a coordinated but widespread system. MSF UK was opened in the early 1990s, which gave starting date to the period of time explored in the oral history project.
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Article: Hargreaves, J & Golding, 2014. 'Not for God, Queen or Country' UK Association for the History of Nursing Bulletin Vol.3, 2014 pp 33-43.
Poster: Hargreaves, J & Golding B 2014. 'Humanitarian Nursing with Médecins sans Frontières: The Dream Job' American Association for the History of Nursing, Dublin 2015
Professorial Lecture: 'The Dream Job' University of Huddersfield, December 2014