Nurses – volunteer in Nepal -how to use your skills!


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.

Nurse-Teach-Reach

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.

12 Responses to Nurses – volunteer in Nepal -how to use your skills!

  1. ashmeeta katwal says:

    Can the nurses of Nepal also can apply for this volunteering??

  2. ganga says:

    how i can apply for dis volunteer nurse??

  3. sarmila subedi says:

    when does the program starts?I am a nepali citizen and I have recently completed B.Sc nursing from MIRANDA COLLEGE OF NURSING,BANGALORE.so what shall i do for the further process?

  4. Pokhara RN says:

    I see you are working in critical care area in Nepal but have you thought about raising awareness in preventive care and infection control? Nepal still have diseases like Typhoid and dysentery. One of my biggest concern is basic things like needle safety and need standard precaution while taking care of patients. How do you go by contacting local nursing schools or hospitals when doing classes? Do you partner with different NGOs?

    • I agree with you as to the importance of those things. Many others are working on those. I have particular expertise in the specific area I teach – few others teach it in Nepal.

      I have a Nepal RN license which legally allows me to teach, according To N.N.C. I schedule the courses using a variety of approaches. If somebody will host me, I goo there. Very simple.

  5. i recently pass pcl nursing,can i apply there n if yes wats the process are

  6. sandhya says:

    i finished my bsc nursing from bangalore..what should i do to apply for this job?

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