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.

Burn care in Nepal, an update August 2016


In January 2016, I  wrote a piece about burn care on my other blog, titled “Bride Burning” in Nepal and Burn Injuries. https://sacramentofthegoddess.wordpress.com/2016/01/17/bride-burning-in-nepal-and-burn-injuries/ The blog focused on the prevalence of burn injuries and the gender imbalance among victims. I wanted western … Continue reading

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CCNEPal report of critical care training August 13th 2016


Summary: It was good. More detail? Original goal for summer 2016 was to teach as many sessions as possible, focus on areas of Nepal outside of Kathmandu Valley, while yet minimizing bus travel. Each session is two or three days … Continue reading

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The Siren Song of Global Health electives in Nepal July 2016


The siren song of Global Health in Nepal this is for my USA readers. Most of the time I comment on events here in Nepal it’s directed to a Nepali audience. Not this time. In USA these days the wish … Continue reading

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July 21st report for the summer and upcoming schedule


I’m back in Bharatpur, where I was a month ago. The return bus ride through eastern Terai was wonderful – like riding through The Shire. Statistics to date: As of today I taught 19 sessions, with 560 certificates awarded.  The present … Continue reading

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Ten Rules to Prevent Thrashing of Doctors in Nepal


When a patient dies, the doctor is often blamed, and the family is angry. Thrashing the doctor is is a problem throughout Nepal. I made this list for my most recent sessions of Critical Care Class. The reality is, we … Continue reading

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June 6th update as to schedule


Update CCNEPal has completed the sessions in Pokhara. I loved meeting all the people there. Dr. Umid Shrestha of Paschimanchal Community Hospital and Matron Sushila Neupane of Charak Memorial Hospital were wonderful hosts. ‎ I thank them. They are visionaries … Continue reading

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The Overall Schedule for CCNEPal summer 2016 is taking shape


The Theme of Summer 2016 In past years, I don’t worry too much about what the schedule will be when I get to Nepal. As long as the first few days are scheduled, I know I will get many eager … Continue reading

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