Updated April 4, 2015
As I write this I am preparing a trip to the Terai for five or six weeks, going from place to place and not returning to Kathmandu Valley in between. I expect to conduct twelve sessions of my course, for hundreds of nurses and doctors, in various cities. When I return I will get on the plane. I will take the summer to work on my daughter’s house, then in fall I will return to University teaching in USA. I will not be back in Nepal until May 2016 at the earliest.
I formerly titled this “volunteer in Nepal for 2015″ but let’s face it: my specific project is built around the idea that Nepali nurses can teach themselves with a little nudge, and I just don’t have a need for other people to join me. And it’s too late for CCNEPal anyway.
There ought to be a way to use your skills.
Somehow, there ought to be an easier way for highly-skilled acute care nurses to volunteer their skills here in a meaningful way. I hear about nurses who came here to learn about health care in a Low Income Country, and who mainly used their time to hand out toothbrushes in villages while on a trek. On the one hand, it’s okay, because they are still learning the way that people live and hopefully having a positive experience that whets their curiosity. On the other hand, the acute care system of Nepal is undergoing tremendous change right now and expertise is needed.
If you are interested in doing what I do, working in acute care hospitals, and not paying some huge fee to a travel agency that will send you trekking-with-toothbrushes, there is a group you should check out: Nurse-Teach-Reach. They are based in Sydney, Australia. They make a number of trip here each year. This group brings nurses to work in ICU, ER, and oncology nursing. The leader, Lucy Rowe, is a nurse.
If you think this might be you, contact them.