June 16th in Pokhara


the two sessions in Bharatpur are in the books now, and I had a great week there. There are too many highlights to mention, but the program was enthusiastically received.

In each place I deputized members of the class to help lead the small group sessions, and people stepped up to the plate to share. I love it when that happens.

YouTube

I got some more video but the upload time was slow. I finally got it uploaded at night. The first clip just shows the class at CMC working on paper exercise of interpreting rhythm strips.

The next one shows the A.T. 35, in Nepali language. the nurses have enjoyed these devices.

the third one is an interview, in Nepali, with a nurse who is a mental health specialist. I wanted it in Nepali so he could communicate with his fellow citizens,  if there was more time I would have interviewed him about a bunch of other stuff….

Conversion

One morning I got up early to meet thirty B Sc students at 0700. we were in a classroom right outside the busiest casualty room in the city, and things were hopping in there.  We were interrupted by a woman screaming. It was so loud that I could not be heard. The students were squirming. So – what would you do? what I did was, to ask the group to stand, hold hands and meditate, sending good karma to that woman and hoping that it would help her find peace. They did as I asked. The screaming stopped, and she was quiet, allowing us to proceed.

Who knows it if worked, but the result was there for all to see.  The rest of the meeting was collegial and fun.

I have now given 157 certificates.

There was a bandh today, but the people at CMC still got me onto a tourist bus to Pokhara. I got here by 2 PM, and now I’m at the hotel. I will meet Mario Hughes, the main local planner of the Pokhara class, at 6 PM when the bandh clears. I am at the Crown Himalaya Hotel. It’s nice.

and tomorrow – showtime.

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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2 Responses to June 16th in Pokhara

  1. Marie Michaud says:

    Thanks Joe for sharing your enthousiasm and efficiency ! Looking forward for more about your adventure. Marie

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