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.

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 is 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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CCNEPal Preliminary report for 2015, late May, part one, just the facts…..


note: I will depart Nepal for 2015 on May 30th. It’s a slow day and I thought I’d start this. The calendar year 2014 was summarized in a previous blog. Considerable detailed notes have been published here on a frequent basis. … Continue reading

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How a doctor or nurse can prepare for a medical volunteer trip to Nepal since the April 2015 earthquake.


There is a surge of interest among nurses and doctors to volunteer in Nepal since the earthquake. I’ve been coming here since 2007 and I have some advice. Specifically for Doctors: The Nepal Medical Council is still working. You absolutely must … Continue reading

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First-hand eye-witness description of nursing needs in earthquake-ravaged area of Nepal by a Nepali-American nurse


A #Nepal -American nurse reports from #Sindupalchowk after #Nepalquake Firsthand assessment This was on the FaceBook page of a friend and I thought it was newsworthy. Generally, the people doing actual earthquake relief are too busy to send reports back, … Continue reading

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CCNEPal calendar update May 16th – from Butwal, Nepal


CCNEPal whereabouts In Butwal and Rupandehi district. I’m teaching at Gautam Buddha Community Heart Hospital in Butwal. This was not on the original itinerary but – things happen…… May 12th aftershock The Government told all the schools to close for … Continue reading

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