for all medical volunteers to Nepal, March 1st 2014


Just a quick note. this week I was contacted by the leaders of a group bringing medical students to Nepal. (not their first time).

I was happy to help them – providing links to my YouTube channel etc – but also to help them make contacts from among my list.

If any other group or individual makes a query, my policy is to help in any way I can.

feel free to contact me joeniemczura@gmail.com

Are you trekking?

Many doctors or nurses come to Nepal to do one of the classic treks – long distance hikes with a guide and porters. They wonder how to make use of their health care background. My advice? If this is your first time to Nepal it’s hard to find a role. Spend time reaching out and learning. The hospitality of Nepali people is legendary. Ask them to show you their health post or hospital  and tell you what they do.

Used textbooks?

Tip: before you leave home, slip one used medical or nursing textbook in your luggage. Find a school of nursing or a hospital and donate it to their library. This is a more lasting way to make a difference than, say, handing out toothbrushes.

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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