CCNEPal completed session number eleven yesterday with 38 students from the BNS and BMS program at Bir Nursing Campus. This was the third time I have worked with that school and I appreciate the people there. Since the earthquake they are in temporary space at Gaushala, the neighborhood inside the ring road, just south of Pashupattinath temple. Part of our space was a nice verandah but I was cautioned not to leave any equipment lying around loose, because they often get daily visits from members of the Pashupattinath monkey troupe, known for being aggressive. I am trying to picture exactly what a monkey might do with a Bag–Valve-Mask but my mind goes blank. Never make eye contact with a wild monkey.
This brings the total of certificates to 279 nurses and doctors. If I were to continue on this pace I would be in step with a final total of about 600, which has been what I accomplished in each of the last two years.
Almost all of the students in the BNS batch seemed to be nurses already working at government hospitals in outlying districts. They plan to return to the outlying districts after completion. This is because they are doing the schooling with loans that will be repaid by service at a government hospital. What this means for me is that Bir Nursing Campus is a fine location for this training. The nurses who took it here will bring their new skills and knowledge of the training approach, to districts in far reaches that I would be unlikely to visit.
I was told that the group at Bir are given a specific concentration in critical care nursing, the only such one in all of the government system of nursing campuses. I don’t think I understood this until now. That makes me twice as happy to have trained them with my course!
My time in Terai was jampacked with teaching, a choice I made. Ten sessions in five weeks. I am proud of all I accomplished. But now I am back in Kathmandu and I have decided to take a week off and focus on school work for fall semester.
Monsoon is due to start any day now, after a few false alarms. I think we could use the rain.