Author Archives: Joe Niemczura, RN, MS

About Joe Niemczura, RN, MS

Experienced nursing educator and problem-solver. I have fifteen years of USA nursing faculty background, and fifteen of adult critical care background. 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. I travel outside of Kathmandu Valley as well. When the recent violence happened, I knew the cities - I had trained people in those locations. 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. Global Health Nursing is not all sweetness and light; not solely milk & honey and happy moms and babies.

About the Charikot Incident, Sept 28th 2016


Sept 30th update and correction The post below was written shortly after I learned of the events in Charikot. Turns out the patient was two-and-a-half years old, not a newborn. There have been other developments – all the doctors have left; … Continue reading

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Announcing “The Himalayan Zap Trek 2017” GoFundMe campaign


Mention Nepal and everyone thinks of #Everest. Thirty million people live in Nepal, and 99.999999999% of them do not live anywhere near Everest.  Nepal also has a large rice-growing region, where western tourists are rarely seen. See the above photo! … Continue reading

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The Three-legged Stool of Global Health Nursing – for October 15th in Boston!


Nurses: A Force for Change: Improving Health Systems’ Resilience above is the title of the Oct 14th and 15th 2016 meeting of Boston’s Global Health Nursing Caucus (in Boston of course!) and the event can be found at:http://seedglobalhealth.org/nursing-conference/#.V96VLIf2Zjo It’s co-sponsored … Continue reading

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CCNEPal begins planning for 2017 in Nepal – taking it up a notch?


CCNEPal began a special project to upgrade critical care skills of nurses in 2011. Since that time we have trained 2,885 nurses and doctors to perform cardiac life support skills using scenario-based teaching, which in itself is new to Nepal. … Continue reading

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Biratnagar Part three – a few scenes of Nobel Medical College August 2016


This is the third of a series about the two-and-a-half weeks I spent teaching critical care skills at Nobel Medical College in Biratnagar Nepal. I taught 200 nurses and MBBS students and doctors, there. When I posted the blog about … Continue reading

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Biratnagar 2016 excursion part 2 – the sessions


In summer 2016 I spent two weeks teaching in Biratnagar, Nepal. Though it’s the second-largest city in the Himalayan country, it’s not on tourist path. In the first part of this series I described a few things about the town. … Continue reading

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Biratnagar Nepal – a jewel of the Terai July 2016 – the town


In late July, 2016 I spent more than two weeks in Biratnagar, Nepal, teaching critical care skills to nurses and medical students at Nobel Medical College. This is Nepal’s second-largest city, in the eastern Terai, generally acknowledged as the center … Continue reading

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