life is better when the major events are accompanied by a theme song

theme song

Maybe you did not know that CCNEPal had a theme song. Here is one version of it.

I write this the day I put batch thirteen in the 2013 record books – there are only three batches remaining in the ambitious teaching schedule.

When we finished the first batch, waaaay back in May, (when I has just met the first 30 of what has grown to be a list of 411 students… the final number may be 570 or so) we were treated to a dinner, after which the nurses danced. I had not heard “Hookah Bar” before then, but I knew immediately it would be the theme song for summer 2013.

universal anthem

This tune is from Bollywood and wikipedia says “it’s a universal anthem of youth in South Asia, achieving a kind of cult status.”


The lyrics are noT what you would call profound.

Of course, the signature dance move that accompanies it, requiring a supple pelvis, probably propelled it to the top as well…….

And now – Everest Brass Baja covers the tune. Sudarshan Pariyar blazing away; thundering percussion; low brass playing as if possessed by a single mind.

Wow. I laughed until tears came out of my eyes. what a great summer I have had. I will be teaching a lot in the last two weeks. I don’t mind. everyone has been so wonderful to me…..

Yes – CCNEPal 2013 has been worth every minute!


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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2 Responses to life is better when the major events are accompanied by a theme song

  1. subidha423 says:

    Those sessions with you were really memorable and of course a contextual learning. We had never thought we could have “musical compressions” too 🙂 and at some moment, I was also about to dance but, Load-shedding started and so so… But all the three days we had fun doing the ECG dance, the simulation activities and chopping off the goat’s heart and lungs. Liked the way you supervised and motivated us. Had a worthy experience! Thank you once more, Sir!

  2. thanks for the kind words. when the class is motivated, I get motivated. I have carefully designed the class so it’s meeting the needs of working nurses and I am always happy when others recognize the value.

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