So the last teaching session for 2018 finished yesterday.
total certificates: 583. These are easy to quantify.
Nursing consultations: many. Not so easy to quantify, perhaps priceless! Valerie Aikman, RN, BSN is an experienced and qualified nursing administrator and critical care manager who collaborated with administrators at every host agency. I expect that she will share her perspective in future guest blogs on this site. She brought a unique skill set to Nepal.
Last session, back in Kathmandu
We taught 24 nurses from CIWEC hospital. This one was arranged through a former CCNEPal participant now working there, Anupama Karnajeet. CIWEC is located in Lazimpat, convenient to the big hotels and near the former royal palace. I usually focus on hospitals in other parts of Kathmandu.
Calling Doctor Rajasthani
This training does not use PowerPoint. We do not own expensive manikins. We do not have long periods of lecture. we are hands-on and practical.
CCNEPal tends to work in Terai these days with only short periods in Kathmandu. They were having construction at the hospital so the venue was the meeting hall of the Himalayan Rescue Association nearby.
CIWEC Hospital has an unusual history. It was originally a Canadian project,since 1982. They cater to travel medicine, about 80% of their admissions are foreign tourists. They are busiest during trekking season, spring and fall. Here is a 15 minute YouTube video (Nepali with English subtitles). The two doctors in the video also speak excellent English for those who care.
They are famous for treatment of diarrhea, a tourist plague; CIWEC participates in research on this illness.
CIWEC gets patients with frostbite, a problem among climbers. Among the expatriate community of Kathmandu, they are the most highly recommended of any Nepali hospital.
Th physical plant is the closest thing to a western hospital, in the country. The mineral content of water here seems to easily corrode plumbing, for example, making faucets difficult to operate. CIWEC does not have this problem. The hospital was remarkably clean and reminded me of my own doctor’s office back in Tampa.
The rooms were nice.
Obviously I just spent three days with the nursing staff. They all were multilingual and spoke good English, as advertised. Many studied or worked overseas.
Many previously took either BLS or ACLS and worked in critical care in other hospitals prior to joining CIWEC. The hospital is able to recruit and retain the best.
Emergency Room at CIWEC
The ER consists of two well-equipped single-stretcher rooms.
I wrote relatively little this summer on this blog, I was busy teaching. I expect to backtrack over the fall and fill in the gaps. This will include ideas about summer 2019.