It starts May 12th and ends July 14th
May 16th update: I leave for Terai in the morning.
My Nepal phone chip has been activated. The number is 98010 96822
To call me from USA: 011 977 98010 96822
I prefer SMS text. Do not phone or text me after 9 PM
I arrive in Kathmandu on May 12th and I’ll be in Nepal for eight weeks this time. It’s a bit shorter than last summer. The plan is to teach in Terai and western Nepal as much as I can. As before, any medical center or school interested in hosting me is invited to contact me:
How to host
I will travel to locations outside Kathmandu if the host can do the following:
- provide a class space suitable for the program. This needs to be a big space. We move around a lot during this class. It needs: 1) a whiteboard (I do not use PowerPoint) 2) thirty chairs, 3) five patient beds or trolleys for the role play scenarios. 4) air con if possible. The classroom needs to be away from a patient care area. ( we make a lot of noise).
- provide a roster of thirty nurses and/or doctors or MBBS students for each session of two, or three days. Nurses take a 3-day sessions and MBBS take the 2-day/ Each participant must attend all sessions of the same class to get the certificate (in other words, the three day class is a three day class – not three one-day classes). arrange for morning chiya and lunch, if there is not a cafeteria.
- The sessions are for PCL nurses, B SC nurses, or MBBS. I do not register ANMs in the class. It’s okay if the person is a recent graduate, but the persons need to be working in acute care or intending to work there.
- while at a place outside of KTM Valley, the host provides fooding and lodging. I live simply, it can be at a guest house, no need for finest hotel in town. I eat DBT etc so I’m okay with local food. At some locations, they lodge me in a private room on cabin ward. ( they do not need to check my vital signs though!)
- My preferred schedule is to teach six days per week, either two three-day sessions (for nurses) or three two-day sessions (for doctors). I travel on Saturday and repeat. In summer 2016 I stayed two weeks in Pokhara, two in Bharatpur, two in Janakpur, and three in Biratnagar before returning to Kathmandu.
- I try to make a “circuit” of sessions, not go out-and-back from Kathmandu all the time. It’s more efficient.
- I supply the certificates. I keep a minimum amount of photocopy but we need about six pages per person.
- My Nepali is poor ( I am ashamed to admit). Strange as it may seem, that is not an insurmountable obstacle if there are some English speakers. I adapt my teaching techniques in a certain way. If a person has no English, this may not be the class for them.
I’ll try to teach at least one first-come first-registered session in Kathmandu, open to nurses that are not employed by a hospital (yet) or whose hospital is not large enough to host a session on their own.