In August 2016 CCNEPal conducted a session of the three-day course at Norvic Hospital in Thapathali, a neighborhood of Kathmandu right near the river. This was not the original plan, but turned out to be fortuitous and fun.
go to http://www.norvichospital.com/ and take a look. Norvic comes with an impressive list of “firsts” – first private hospital, home of the first cardiologist in Nepal, first cath lab in Nepal, etc. The School of Nursing at Norvic has a FaceBook page https://www.facebook.com/NorvicEducations
Norvic is probably the best hospital in the country. I know I know I know, quality is elusive and arbitrary. Also I know hundreds of nurses and doctors and I should be careful not to offend anybody since there are many wonderful people who work elsewhere. Also, on each of the two occasions when I was sick or injured enough to go to the hospital, it turns out that Norvic was not where I actually went, after all. But I liked a lot of things they did, and if I were sick and had a choice, Norvic is where I would go.
I’ve not previously conducted training with them on their turf, though in the past (2013) they cycled their entire cath lab staff through my series of trainings at Lalitpur Nursing Campus. Most of the cath lab staff were new since then but several had previously taken my course.
My contact person was Mahima Khoju, RN, BSN. Mrs. Khoju got her nursing degree from the University of Texas at Arlington, back along. I think we emailed back and forth for six years before we finally met in person.
Cath Lab at Norvic – I got the tour, but the video was cut short when the battery died.
patient care areas
Above is the layout of the medical-surgical wards. two nurses are standing with the dressing cart. it was time for morning care, and all the drapes were pulled.
Heart Command Center
The tour focused on the ICUs in the hospital. For the Heart Command Center, one of the staff nurses gave me a specific commentary on the equipment. This is probably boring to anybody who is not an ICU nurse, but if you are? it’s dedicated to YOU!
the above gives you an idea of the equipment they have. I was interested in the external pacer box. Pacing is a thing with me. Nepal needs a more coordinated national system of how to get it for people who need it. we take it for granted in USA, but for many outlying regions if you need it you won’t get it unless you can make it to a place that has it…..
here is a poster that they still display to celebrate World Heart Day from a few years back:
Tokens of love
Just me and the guys
The final day was wrapped up with a ceremony, as always. My hosts asked me ahead of time if I had any preference for a “token of love” – and I told them. So I was delighted to be presented with two “haku patasi” and a hand-carved tea box with Ilam tea in it.