CCNEPal is an ongoing educational project since 2011. We have trained 2,170 nurses and doctors in Nepal to use a particular set of critical care skills.
May 1st Update
I bought my ticket and I arrive May 16th to TIA. I expect to scurry around Kathmandu doing errands for a day or two then get on a bus outside the Valley. First stop I am hoping for is Pokhara for two weeks.
The Big Audacious Goal
CCNEPal’s goal is to promote cardiac critical care training throughout the entire country of Nepal so that it is “owned” by every medical school and a broad movement of nurses and doctors are comfortable with using and sharing these skills.
Please refer to the report of 2014-2015 activity of CCNEPal to learn my assessment of present capability. The conclusion? Kathmandu Valley has got some good things going, and the best return for the effort will be from work in the Terai.
For those Nepalis thinking about taking the training? It’s easy to find a person who took it before….. ask them if it was worthwhile.
And if you are one of those persons who did take it before… tell your friends. Ask your employer to host the training. I don’t charge a fee, but when it’s outside KTM I do ask for fooding and lodging.
Also – If you took it before – please join me as one of my “assistants” – it’s more fun the second time around.
Train-the Trainer takes more than just two weeks
We are trying to develop Nepali nurses and doctors to teach these skills and use them in daily practice throughout Nepal, so that it will be “owned” by a wide cross-section of Nepalis. What we do goes beyond the usual “train the trainer” program. The leaders of this course need to be persons who are using the skills in daily practice, but also able to effectively debrief according to what just happened. When we model these skills in class, the participants begin to use them to critique their skills in the clinical setting.
Read past blog entries to get the course objectives, outlines, etc.
I will be returning to Nepal for summer 2016. I have not bought my ticket yet, but it will be roughly May 20th to August 10th. As in the past, I don’t schedule sessions of my courses until I get there. I am humbled at the positive word-of-mouth references people give to the training.
I will spend a few weeks at Karnali Academy of Health Sciences in Jumla. This is to fulfill a promise I made to a person who is now passed; but – also a separate promise I made prior to the earthquake in 2015.
I will go to BPKIHS in Dharan; and LMC in Palpa. I wanna go to Janakpur. I will return to Pokhara as well.
Traveling to widely dispersed cities becomes “my other life.” I have friends in all these cities – in some cases they know each other but mostly not – and, people in Kathmandu don’t necessarily know my friends elsewhere…… something amazing always happens on these road trips…. I just don’t know what it will be.
I know it will be hot.
Unlike all the previous places, I know nobody in Janakpur. Anybody out there able to introduce me to Janakpur?
Pokhara? why not! I was there twice before and trained about a hundred nurses.
And yes, somewhere on the way I will teach in Kathmandu.
How to schedule?
So if there are nursing schools, medical schools, or hospitals that wish to host me, please contact me and we will set up some dates. I am especially eager to go outside Kathmandu Valley and to areas I have not been before. send email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Maybe this is finally the year I will take a trek……
PS – For those persons in USA – If you are an ACLS-I or PALS-I and you want to help out in Nepal, please contact me. What I do is not part of the American Heart Association, but I know the folks who run the one-and-only AHA ITC in Kathmandu, and they would love to have you affiliate with them.