Author Archives: Joe Niemczura, RN, MS

About Joe Niemczura, RN, MS

Experienced nursing educator and problem-solver. Google me. My work in Nepal leads directly to my writing, like following a trail of breadcrumbs into the deep woods. Alas, you wish it led out of the woods - you hoped it did - but here you are, further in - and the sun is going down - so you might as well start a fire and tell a story as the sparks fly up. Then you notice you are in a grove of bo trees. There sits the old man, nobody knows exactly how old. You must lean closely to hear his message through labored breath..... "Buy... The Sacrament ......of the Goddess....... it is the key to a fulfilled life...." then he says no more. and you gaze upward, at the sparks, through the branches..... until they become the stars.

Medical Volunteers are urgently needed now in Nepal Jun 24th 2015


Disaster relief drama The April 25th earthquake provoked an international response from countries all over the world. Everyone knew that Kathmandu was overdue for an earthquake, and planning had taken place quietly. The western countries responded with a huge airlift. … Continue reading

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Disaster Competence Literature review part 2 Ethical Issues by Gaynor Sheahan


editor’s note: part two of a review of disaster nursing by Gaynor Sheahan, RN, MS This is from a paper written for Monash University. reprinted with permission. Ethical Issues in Disaster Nursing Ethical issues and cultural competence are also significant … Continue reading

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Disaster Competence Literature Review Guest Post by Gaynor Sheahan RN, M Sc June 8 2015


Editor’s note: Gaynor Sheahan, RN is a nurse from Australia with long ties to Nepal, including work at Patan Hospital to set up their first triage system. She wrote this paper about disaster nursing as a graduate school assignment. It … Continue reading

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Why the MBBS docs are thinking twice about serving in earthquake zone May 29th


The truth I know a doctor here in Nepal who once spent a month trekking from village to village in his district, working with every VDC, to examine women and find the ones who could benefit from a specialized surgical … Continue reading

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May 28 report of CCNEPal part three


Please read parts one and two. In part one, I summarized the numbers of sessions, the locations and the people who took the 2-day (MBBS) or 3-day (for nurses and nursing students) versions of the ACLS course. In part two, … Continue reading

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May 27th eye-witness report #2 by Nepali nurse from USA after earthquake relief expedition


Editor’s Note; Unita Magar, RN is a nurse who now lives in Omaha, Nebraska. She attended nursing graduate school in New York City but Unita┬áis originally from Rukum district in western Nepal. She is active in NANA, the professional association … Continue reading

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CCNEPal report may 26th, 2015 – part 2 – how MBBS medical education works


Update May 27th, 2015 – in Today’s news, an article about the Ministry of health and the difficulty faced in assigning young MBBS doctors to the quake zone. click here. I invite the government to learn more about my small … Continue reading

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