Summary of Summer 2018 CCNEPal activities

This is “late” seeing as how I returned to USA six weeks ago. My job in USA – my “real job” keeps me busy.

Locations and hosts

CCNEPal taught 19 sessions in Nepal in summer 2018, and distributed 593 certificates for our flagship 2-day or 3-day course in Critical Care skills.

CCNEPal taught at:

the National Trauma Center (two sessions),

National Burn Center (two sessions), and

Mediciti Hospital (four sessions).

Then two sessions in Janakpur, following up on the visit of two years ago.

After that, four weeks in Bharatpur. CCNEPal taught College of Medical Sciences interns and nurses, also Narayani Samudayik Hospital and the Zonal Hospital.

Back in Kathmandu, the last session of the summer was at CIWEC Clinic.

Special Guest Colleague

I always put out an announcement for other USA critical care nurses who wish to learn about Nepal health care. This summer, Valerie Aikman, RN, BS,  joined me for the ten weeks.  While I was teaching she was making hospital rounds and applying her experience as a critical care manager alongside the managers of the host institution.  I think people really appreciated her expertise in improving the clinical environment for critical care.

Summer 2019

I plan to seek out other nursing educators for summer 2019 as well. We are always asked to provide specific education on pediatric emergencies but I don’t feel like I personally am qualified to teach this; I don’t have the kind of i-depth knowledge of PALS that I do for ACLS.

At some point I will post a more detailed description of what the experience involves.




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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