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Become a Humanitarian Nurse a complete Guide

Human being always need to be healthy, happy, and have security to live, having concern for or helping to improve the human being welfare and happiness is referred to as humanitarian.

Generally nurses are caring and loving, they care the ill one, make them happy and improve their health condition.

Who is Humanitarian Nurse

Humanitarian nurses are specialized and trained to provide critical healthcare to people who are in emergency conditions. Responding to catastrophic events such as natural disasters and armed conflicts, these nurses apply their expertise in providing holistic care under the most challenging conditions.

Do you want to know how to become a humanitarian nurse? this article contains all the information you need to know and guide you step by step on how to be humanitarian nurse to provide humanitarian aids to people affected with arm conflict, disasters and epidemics.

This article also will provide you with a nursing knowledge in NGO field and get NGO nursing jobs as most non governmental organization (NGO) deliver humanitarian services.

The qualified registered nurse with humanitarian activity experience contribute to provide humanitarian aid to people in need, people affected with natural disaster and people affected with arm conflict to alleviate and or even prevent their suffering.

The fundamental purpose of all humanitarian activities is to alleviate and prevent human suffering, therefore humanitarian nurses have vast experience in providing humanitarian aids, they are caring and compassionate, they have good communication and interpersonal relationship skills.

To Become a Humanitarian Nurse

Now i know the visitor reading this article is eager to see the complete guides on how to become a humanitarian nurse, so below are our simple guidelines and on step by step the knowledge of how to become humanitarian nurse and be among the nurses that are delivering humanitarian aid to people in needs, let’s go:

Become a registered nurse first

The first and the most simplest way to become a humanitarian nurse is to obtain a registered nurse certificate with nursing council body in your country, we will discuss in details on how to become a registered nurse you can also read our complete guide on how to become a nurse here Easy Step on how to become a nurse in Nigeria

Steps to Become a Registered Nurse in US

  1. Complete an accredited nursing education program. You will need either a nursing diploma from an accredited RN program, an associate degree in nursing, or a bachelor’s degree in nursing.
  2. Prepare to sit for the nurse licensing exam.
  3. Take and pass the National Council Licensure Examination for registered nurses (NCLEX-RN).
  4. Obtain licensure in the state where you wish to practice.

Becoming a registered nurse in UK

To practice as a nurse, you need a diploma or a degree in nursing and you must be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). You’ll need to choose which of the four nursing specialisms (adult, children, mental health, or learning disability) you’d like to study.

Become a registered nurse in your country

Now that you know how to become a registered nurse in these countries i know you started developing an idea in to your mind on where to begin in your country and become a registered nurse, i will give you hint on becoming a nurse in your country. In the explanation below we make it more and more simple and obvious to you.

  1. Get Nursing education in an accredited nursing program.
  2. Obtain Nursing certificate by passing final qualifying examination with Nursing and Midwifery Council of your country.
  3. Get registered and licensed to practice as nurse by Nursing and Midwifery Council in Your Country.


Practice Practice and Practice Nursing.

Now that you Obtained a nursing certificate, registered and licensed to practice as nurse you have begun the journey in a humanitarian service, by giving aid caring the sicks one. You will feel it in your mind to care and assist people in need of help.

Now you are humanitarian and can provide humanitarian aid. let’s talk about the second step of being a humanitarian nurse.

Master humanitarian activity with humanitarian NGOs

The second step of being humanitarian nurse is to accumulate humanitarian activity experience, how can you get this kind experience? now i will teach you how to learn and practice humanitarian aid to people in need of assistance, let’s start:

If you see NGO it means Non governmental Organization. NGOs deliver humanitarian activities to people affected with conflict, disaster and epidemic, these people need help. By practicing with such kind organization you will accumulate more experience of humanitarian services in very short time.

Below is the list of most recommended non governmental organization(NGO) to join and i will guide you on the best one among them as a nurse to practice, by practicing with the organization you will be able to get knowledge of humanitarian activity and become a humanitarian nurse.

1. Medicines Sans Frontiers (MSF)
2. International Medical Corps (IMC)
3. United Nations (UN)
4. World Health Organization (WHO)
5. Medicine Du Monde (MdM)
6. World Vision International
7. Save the Children
8. Oxfam
9. Human Rights Watch
10. Mercy Corps
11. Amnesty International
13. Action Health Incorporated
14. Action aid
15. International Rescue Committee
16. Family Health International
17. Survival international
18. Compassion International
19. Handicap International
20. Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

The list above are some of the Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in the world and all of them are providing humanitarian services, as a nurse who want to be a humanitarian nurse you can join any one of them to practice and provide humanitarian aid.

As i promised to guide you on your journey of becoming humanitarian nurse by recommending you the best organization to obtain experience of humanitarian activities very quickly, i recommend you go with Medicines Sans Frontiers.

Medicine Sans Frontiers – Doctors without border is an International, Independent, Medical humanitarian Organization that give medical assistance to people affected with arm conflicts, disasters, and epidemics.

MSF is non-profit self-governed and member-based organization.

The Organization was founded in 1971 by a group of doctors and journalist and it was made up of health professional, administrative and logistic staffs.

Their actions are guided by medical ethics and the principles of independence, neutrality and impartiality. You can read our complete course/article about the organization here Medicines Sans Frontiers (MSF) – A Complete Course

Understand the what humanitarian nursing is

Humanitarian nursing involved working in an emergency situation, responding to a catastrophic events, experiencing stressful situations. It also involves endurance, Patience and self esteem.

The Role of Humanitarian Nurse in Health facilities

According to Advent Health University

“While many of the roles and responsibilities of humanitarian nurses are standard for their field, emergency conditions often require managing large numbers of patients with limited resources. Humanitarian nurses may be asked to act in more of an administrative role, managing medicines and medical supply inventories.

Humanitarian healthcare operations can also see heavy turnover, requiring nurses to perform more recruiting duties. This can include the training of local healthcare workers who bring varying skill levels. The role can also require more community outreach, working with local authorities and groups to organize food programs, hygiene protocols, and other critical solutions.

Nurses who excel at humanitarian aid tend to be sensitive to other cultures and customs. Flexibility and adaptability, particularly in dealing with limited resources, are also key traits. Skills of particularly high value in humanitarian nursing include the following.

The ability to make decisions independently
The ability to cope with stressful situations
The ability to relate to and motivate staff
Nurses with varying levels of experience and specialization can perform humanitarian work, but those with backgrounds in emergency care, pediatrics, infectious diseases, and public health may be in particularly high demand. Knowledge of both English and a second language can be a valuable asset”.

Familiar with Humanitarian Principles

Humanitarian Principles

Humanitarian Principle are the set of rules that guide humanitarian actions, they provide sense of purpose to the Organization and are:

The Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement refer to seven fundamental principles:

  1. Humanity
  2. Impartiality
  3. Neutrality
  4. Independence
  5. Voluntary Service
  6. Unity
  7. Universality.

IHL Principles refers

  1. Humanity
  2. Impartiality
  3. Neutrality
  4. Independence and


UN resolutions relating to armed conflict refers to the four humanitarian principles

  1. Humanity
  2. Impartiality
  3. Neutrality and
  4. Independence.

The above are the most important principles governing most organizations.

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