About Sonya Davidson, RN in Nepal


Two weeks ago we interviewed the Matron of one of the major hospitals in Kathmandu, and the clip was widely viewed. I have met truly wonderful and inspiring people here. I hope to continue interviewing and posting the little videos on the YouTube site.

Many of the younger Nepali nurses are shy in front of the camera, they do not wish to draw attention to themselves.

In any case, Sonya Davidson has been a volunteer with this project, though she leaves this week to spend three months in Borneo. Can you guess where she might be from?

She brought enthusiasm, clinical knowledge and a sense of humor to the project, and I am grateful that she was a part of it.

About Joe Niemczura, RN, MS

Experienced nursing educator and problem-solver. I have fifteen years of USA nursing faculty background. Add it with 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. I travel outside of Kathmandu Valley as well. When the recent violence happened, I knew the cities - I had trained people in those locations. 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. Global Health Nursing is not all sweetness and light; not solely milk & honey and happy moms and babies.
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