Category Archives: nursing education

How to register for critical care training sessions in Pokhara May 2016


UPDATED with more specific info Wednesday May 4th and 12th ACLS training registration can be done at: Registration desk Paschimanchal Community Hospital Buspark, Prithvichowk, Pokhara – 9, Kaski, Nepal. Phone no. 061 530722 Email: pchospital2071@gmail.com Please share widely. CNEPal will … Continue reading

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“The Dream Trap” is required reading for Nepali nurses thinking of going to the UK


I usually share information about the process of getting a nurse’s license in USA, and I don’t pretend to know about the UK system. The other day somebody shared a link with me that brings you to a paper written … Continue reading

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India Nursing Council takes 30,000 Nepali women hostage Nov 9th 2015


link to news article in Nepali language काठमाडौं– भारतमा नर्सिङ पढेका नेपाली नर्सहरु आन्दोलित भएका छन् । इन्डियन नर्सिङ काउन्सिलले त्यहाँ पढेका नेपाली नर्सलाई दर्ता नगर्ने नीति लिएपछि उनीहरु आन्दोलनमा उत्रिएका हुन् । – See more at: http://swasthyakhabar.com/2015/11/35866.html#sthash.Ie9Edl0j.2owCsNgz.dpuf http://swasthyakhabar.com/2015/11/35866.html Please … Continue reading

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All Nepali nurses who want to go to UK need to read this


UPDATE June 2019 if you need to spiff up your spoken English especially “medicalese” click here and learn an easy trick: https://wp.me/p1Kwij-rB Summary: even if you do not read all the way to the bottom, click here to go to … Continue reading

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Updated Schedule for CCNEpal 2014 as of July 21, 2014


Where have I been? Just got back from two weeks in the Terai. Mostly Bharatpur but also Biratnagar. I loved the people in Biratnagar, though I was so busy teaching I really never left the hotel. I taught “double session” … Continue reading

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May 19 about teamwork in critical care nursing


And here in Kathmandu we begin teaching this week CCNEPal 2013’s first 3-day course will begin tomorrow. Most of our courses will be open to “the general public” of nurses – I promise that there will be a registration process … Continue reading

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an ambitious goal for CCNEPal 2013


If you don’t dream dreams, then your dreams will never come true. settling in The first few days here are consumed with setting up camp in Kathmandu. grocery shopping, getting a Nepali phone number ( which happens to be 980 … Continue reading

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ACLS tip of the day on Twitter in Nepal 2013


Social Media has taken Nepal by storm executive summary: go to @CCNEPal2013 and follow to get the ACLS tweet of the day. In 2011 when I was planning my trip to Nepal I set up a FaceBook page in advance … Continue reading

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Nursing Education system in Nepal as of April 2013


Updated Aug 29, 2015 by adding photos.  Also, be sure to click on the hypertext. Sept 8th update:  In May I wrote a companion piece, be sure to read that one too! Click here   What are the titles given to … Continue reading

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ACLS equipment in Kathmandu


update: we decided that we simply did not have the capacity to do A full-fledged American-style ACLS course in Nepal; and we also realize that it probably won’t address the needs if we did….. Twelve days of Christmas? This week … Continue reading

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CCNEPal 2013 – gearing up for summer 2013


We now have an official name for this project. Previously I have just called it Kathmandu Critical Care Nursing Education summer 2013. It will now be called CCNEPal – Critical Care Nursing Education Project Nepal which will be more “catchy” Summary: Until … Continue reading

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The Most Interesting Man in the World?


Indulge me in a pleasant fantasy…. Surely you have seen this TV commercial? The Stay Thirsty Grant Here is the truth: I probably am actually pretty boring, if the truth must be told.  But there is one thing I do that … Continue reading

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About Maternal-Child Health in rural Nepal – link to Video


May 9 update: link to News article about childbirth in Nepal April 27th update: Today I learned that there is a Midwives Society of Nepal, they have a web page and (of course) a FaceBook page. Thought I would pass … Continue reading

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Link to the Professionally-edited YouTube Video


please consider subscribing to my current blog, Honolulu 2011-2012 A late entry to this blog. One day a professional photojournalist came to class. She took footage of the mega-code drills, including small teams working on resuscitation protocols. She also interviewed me. She … Continue reading

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my License as an R.N. in Nepal, making videos of nursing education


Jan 2012 – please consider subscribing to my current blog. This Kathmandu blog is not active anymore, now that the 2011 trip to Nepal is history. August 2, 2011 Today’s program was not very ambitious. I still have a dry cough … Continue reading

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Presenting the certificates, tying it up with a red ribbon


The Final Exam Yesterday was the final exam for the big Wednesday class, I made 75 copies of the exam but didn’t really expect everyone to attend. 73 showed up. There was load shedding when we arrived and the classroom … Continue reading

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Joe puts on his matador’s hat and Suit of Lights


“A Man Without a Cross” Each cohort of students this summer is a book on my shelf. A handsome cover beckons to us – nice words on the back – The first line of the first page draws us in … Continue reading

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Joe is just as pretty as he always was, and wins a beauty contest to prove it


Time Travels back and forth The dilemma is always whether to use this as a chronology or not. Yesterday was a get-your-chores-done kind of day, picking up photocopying for my last cohort, meeting with people to plan events, grocery shopping, … Continue reading

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The purpose of a Final Exam and other pedagogical mysteries


please take a look at my current blog, and consider subscribing The Party’s Over….. The Big Class finished the eighth of our weekly teaching sessions Wednesday, July 20. Sixty two nurses in attendance despite the heavy rain. The rain did … Continue reading

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Three Cups of Tea in Kathmandu Nepal


please consider subscribing to my current blog Daybreak sounds of urban Nepal In the sleepy mornings of Jawalekhel, somebody about a block away meditates each day using a base drum and another instrument that chips away rhythmically with a hollow almost-Cuban … Continue reading

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Excerpt from The Hospital at the End of the World which details the comparison between USA hospitals and Nepal hospitals


July 28 2011 udate: This entry was originally titled  Today I performed an emergency appendectomy but I am having a relaxing day to recover from a recent cold and fever and decided to re-tag my blog so as to help people … Continue reading

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The Light at the End of the 2011 Tunnel for Kathmandu Critical Care


Pani 6 It’s raining as I write this, cool and delightful weather. The fridge at the Guest House was repaired while I was gone, I cooked spaghetti and meat for myself last evening. I am sharing the Guest House with … Continue reading

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listening to a Nepali Lullabye


Today, Day three, it’s raining. So Day Two In Bharatpur began with another rickshaw ride, I have to admit I pay the rickshaw drivers more than the going rate, but it won’t stop me from another ride today. The heat … Continue reading

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Nurse wages in Nepal and the outmigration of Nepali nurses


UPDATE June 2019 even after eight years this is one of the most-read entries on this blog. If you are serious about going abroad, here are some tips to improve English language that you can try: https://wp.me/p1Kwij-rB 7836  views as … Continue reading

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At Times Like These, I want My Mommy….


please consider subscribing to my current blog, Honolulu 2011-2012 Floating in space and time – You can think of a blog as a diary from one day to the next in which case there will be an ongoing stream of … Continue reading

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Male Nurses in Nepal – The Topic of Which We Dare Not Speak.


please consider subscribing to my current blog, Honolulu 2011-2012 Caveat: In this blog I am about to divulge something I generally refuse to discuss. Nowadays the youth of today have a term they call a “rant” – meaning, a diatribe … Continue reading

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“Joe! Stop and Smell the Incense!”


High Water Update Today the Bagmati River receded about a foot, but the rains continue intermittently, so the hundreds of squatters living in bamboo and blue tarp shacks on the river bank at Thapathali are still living a tenuous existence. … Continue reading

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Is ACLS ever “Warm and Fuzzy?”


Bandhs as a fact of life Tuesday late afternoon before Wednesday’s daylong class, I was eating with a friend who casually mentioned there would be a three-day bandh. Oh no. My plans for the once-a-week class do not allow for … Continue reading

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The first group of little birds will now leave my nest


One more day and then the first cohort, fifteen BN students will be “done” with the training. These guys stuck with it, and still had some panache left at the end. Four more such groups will join them over the … Continue reading

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Do you ever have a “Theme Song” for an event in your life?


I am a musical guy. For each previous trip to Nepal I have had a piece of music that somehow becomes ubiquitous – a theme song. What’s the role of music in your life? In 2007 the theme song turned … Continue reading

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Initiation into the tribe of Critical Care Nurses starts – now…..


Hey, check out the Joe Niemczura channel on YouTube! http://www.youtube.com/Joeniemczura Thursday I made just a small entry into the blog, a sort of tease I suppose – brief. What’s the ideal length of these posts anyway? My former clinical students … Continue reading

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First Day of Critical Care class – the “Main Event” of this particular three-ring circus


I will revise this in the next day or two unless of course I just add another one altogether – – – June 1st was the first class meeting of “the main event“. I will be doing other adapted versions … Continue reading

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Of Documents, paperwork and certificates with a capital “C”


Catch-Up Catches Up please do check out my book on Amazon Thursday was catching up on administrative things, stultifying but necessary. Hardly the stuff of which riveting blog-o-pulchritude is woven. In today’s installment of the serial we do boring things…. … Continue reading

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Impact of Facebook. Meeting my Students


please consider subscribing to my current blog, Honolulu 2011-2012. when you get there, click on the little box to the right that says sign me up. Used to be: You’d have an overseas experience and return home. When you were … Continue reading

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And another big step in planning May 23rd


So today was a bit anticlimactic in a way. The bandh was cancelled, which I discovered through overhearing some workmen joke about it in Nepali as they were starting their day fixing the driveway of annexe 2. Yippy! Higher Ground … Continue reading

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Bringing 115 kg of books to Kathmandu and other travails


Arranging and re-arranging boxes of books in my office Monday the 16th of May I got to the office early and did my last minute re-arranging of items and boxes. As you know, I collect donated nursing textbooks. At one … Continue reading

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Reprint of Interview with Joe Niemczura published in “Imprint” regarding volunteer nursing in Nepal


Editor’s note: Joe Niemczura, RN, MS teaches nursing at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu. He has also taught nursing in a rural area of the Himalayan country of Nepal. Joe was the keynote speaker at NSNA’s 2010 mid-year convention. … Continue reading

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Twelve steps to prepare for global health nursing


reprinted from something I wrote for one of the publications of the American Nurses Association. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Your nursing skills are your gift to the world. Take these steps to prepare to use them in a foreign culture. More American nurses are … Continue reading

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