We will focus on critical care nursing skills, but not do an “official” ACLS class.
As described in previous blogs, a lot of what I teach is based on materials from the American Heart Association (AHA) and my own background in teaching and applying Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) which is an official program of AHA. When you take an ACLS class in USA, you get an official card which is often used by employers to determine what your skill level is before employment. Not just anybody can teach an “official” course – you need to be an “official” Instructor, submit an application, and prove that the course itself will meet certain standards.
I would have liked to have taught courses up to the official AHA standard in Nepal, and actually made tentative plans to bring two volunteer Instructors and also to obtain the needed equipment etc.
Today I learned that the two volunteers are not able to come to Nepal. We will adjust our plans. In truth, this will help us focus on what the professional nurses and docs in Nepal actually need, and it will eliminate some of the logistical problems that would have consumed so much time.
I will arrive in Nepal around May 14th, and will begin to cobble together the specific schedule once I get there.
This still involves arranging host sites, contacting the future participants, and trying to build community while there.