CCNEPal begins planning for 2017 in Nepal – taking it up a notch?

CCNEPal began a special project to upgrade critical care skills of nurses in 2011. Since that time we have trained 2,885 nurses and doctors to perform cardiac life support skills using scenario-based teaching, which in itself is new to Nepal.


All the props, packed up and ready to travel. CCNEPal 2016 was essentially one loooong road trip. What will we do in 2017?

2016 was lots of fun.

We conducted 24 sessions of the two-day or three-day course and gave out 715 certificates. We helped with initial training of ICU staff in some locations that were starting their very first ICU. We mostly focused on Terai (and a two-week stay in Pokhara). We taught MBBS docs from five different medical colleges.  We added three sessions in Kathmandu at the end of the summer and these were terrific.

What to do in 2017?

possible dates would be June, July and August 2017. It’s all flexible until the day I buy the ticket.

supplies for class

This is the stuff CCNEPal uses to teach the course. Another view of all the stuff, laid out so I won’t forget something. note the “CPR manikins” deflated in upper left corner 🙂

The magic formula?

Seems to be to conduct more of these sessions. If you would like to host CCNEPal in 2017, send an email to  Wnd all the will respond by adding you to the queue, and telling you what we need in order to have a successful class ( browse the rest of this blog or else look at the FaceBook page to learn what the set up of the classroom involves. We need lots of space and a minimum of thirty participants to attend all three days).

We do not charge for this; if you are in Kathmandu Valley we request that you provide transportation. If you are outside of Kathmandu Valley, we ask that you provide fooding and lodging. We do not require a tourist hotel, just simple accommodations for one person.

There is no magic formula!

Not one that must always be applied. CCNEPal is open to suggestions as to activities for 2017. We need to always consider how to take this program and incorporate it into the professional curriculum, instead of being the add-on for those who have already graduated.


An ICU at a Teaching Hospital in Terai. Foreigners often have this fantasy that they will be in some mythic village somewhere, delivering health care to some sort of colorful ethnic group. In fact, there are modern hospitals, a system of medical and nursing education, and most of all, a collaborative approach to sharing knowledge.

I’ve been wondering about having some sort of sessions specifically for faculty of schools of nursing that want to learn how to teach this. In the B Sc curriculum, I’m told that there is a 16-hour time slot for “ACLS” – but many persons were not aware what this meant. ACLS means using this type of scenario-based teaching!

Why not have a conference to share these skills and teaching approaches with everyone? In my fantasy it would be a national conference with nursing faculty from all over Nepal!

It’s just an idea at this point, but I am putting it on a string and seeing if it will fly like a kite….. putting it in the bathtub to see if it will float ….. running it up the flagpole to see if anybody will salute….. let me know what you think…..



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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3 Responses to CCNEPal begins planning for 2017 in Nepal – taking it up a notch?

  1. Shankar Man Rai says:

    Dear Joe,
    This is a very commendable job you are doing to help us in Nepal. Thank you for coming to Kirtipur Hospital and teaching many of our nurses and a doctor. Please, kindly plan to teach in our nursing school (four groups for BSc and three groups for PCL). We also want to request you to do three groups. Let us know if we can help you in any way.
    I feel really great to have known you.

  2. Mandira Baniya says:

    Dear Joe,
    I work in a 51 bedded spinal rehabilitation facility with 20 nurses in our department. Our center is also planning for stroke unit in near future. We are very much interested in BLS skills and ICU nursing skills. In the year 2014, I was part of BLS training in Dhulikhel Hospital under your facilitation. It was one of the most interesting training I ever attended. As Dr Rai mentioned, we Nepali health professionals are grateful to your interests and effort in Nepal. Would it be possible for you to conduct few days session on BLS in our center in Sanga?
    Mandira Baniya
    Nursing Supervisor
    Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Center
    Sanga, Kavre

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