CCNEPal 2013 – gearing up for summer 2013

We now have an official name for this project. Previously I have just called it Kathmandu Critical Care Nursing Education summer 2013. It will now be called CCNEPal – Critical Care Nursing Education Project Nepal which will be more “catchy”


Until now, the plans for CCNepal, the 2013 summer Critical Care Nursing Education Project have been in a holding pattern. I have announced that it will happen, and sent out preliminary notices to start gathering people together, but it was too early to really start planning in earnest.

What the project does:

1) first and foremost, teaching short courses that focus on skills that a critical care nurse uses at the bedside, tailored to the specific needs of nurses in Nepal. The content design is guided by an experienced USA nursing faculty who has also practiced in Nepal and taught in 2011. For a video on the 2011 training, click here.

2) modeling a different approach to nursing education which involves simulated scenarios and critique of psychomotor skills along with use of algorhythms to guide decision-making

3) identifying and recruiting nurses in Nepal, both students and practicing nurses, who can benefit from this training and who are likely to stay in Nepal after the course

4) identifying and coordinating with host agencies ( hospitals and schools of nursing) who will serve as sites for the three-days-in-a-row concentrated training events. This would be both in Kathmandu and at sites around the country including the Terai.

5) networking among all stakeholder groups (medicine and nursing, hospitals, schools and NGOs) to build expertise of local Nepali providers to build on this training in future.

6) offer Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Basic Cardiac Life Support (BLS)certification according to standards of the American Heart Association, including working with a Community Training Center to issue cards.

How International volunteers can  get involved:

as described in previous blog entries, we will bring other nurses from western countries with us for summer 2013. the first step is to send an email to expressing your interest. Next, to read past blog entries that describe the kind of person who would be a good fit. We are particularly interested to find nurses who can teach ACLS skills.


About Joe Niemczura, RN, MS

These blogs, and my books, and videos are written on the principle that any person embarking on something similar to what I do will gain more preparation than I first had, by reading them. I have fifteen years of USA nursing faculty background. Add to it fifteen more devoted to adult critical care. In Nepal, I started teaching critical care skills in 2011. I figure out what they need to know in a Nepali practice setting. Then I teach it in a culturally appropriate way so that the boots-on-the-ground people will use it. One theme of my work has been collective culture and how it manifests itself in anger. Because this was a problem I incorporated elements of "situational awareness" training from the beginning, in 2011.
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