Palpa, home sweet home June 20 2013


I am now in west-central Nepal, where I spent the first three summers, and it is different from KTM or Pokhara. much more traditional. I took two videos of the bus ride here, one inside and one outside the bus. It captures the drama of the scenery – every bit as spectacular as I remember it to be. and also the travels conditions.

I have simply had too many things happen ( all of them good) to write in the blog otherwise. Pokhara was terrific. On YouTube you can see my videos of Mario Hughes and Sushila Neupane, who were the contact people. they did a tremendous job. There is more to Pokhara than Lakeside.

Lumbini Medical College has an enthusiastic group. Some of the nurses need extra help on language so I am using my language-adaptive style to help them get it. A variety of techniques. we are doing role play, and when we do, the students’ role play is in all-Nepali, which is quite fun. They are helping me with my spelling of Devanagari.


I got my laundry done. this is good. I was running out of clean dry clothes. I tried to handwash some stuff in Pokhara but it never dried – it started to ferment in some strange way and got worse. so now I can be respectable once again.

The time on the Road Trip has flown by. One way to look at it is, I have met 150 new people since June 9th, and I will meet thirtyfive more before the Road Trip is over. It’s a blur of faces, but everyone has been nice.




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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