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The Three-legged Stool of Global Health Nursing – for October 15th in Boston!


Nurses: A Force for Change: Improving Health Systems’ Resilience above is the title of the Oct 14th and 15th 2016 meeting of Boston’s Global Health Nursing Caucus (in Boston of course!) and the event can be found at:http://seedglobalhealth.org/nursing-conference/#.V96VLIf2Zjo It’s co-sponsored … Continue reading

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A Simple Way to Re-Inforce the Message of Global Nursing


Every School of Nursing in USA needs this. Buy one, or two, or ten. Put it on the wall outside your office. It’s a poster from the Syracuse Cultural Workers.   Think of no one as “them” Don’t confuse your … Continue reading

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A Nurse responds to the SCCM article on Critical Care in Underserved Areas


May is National Critical Care Awareness Month in USA. and the campaign is to “turn your ICU blue” hey, read my second book might as well include a link to my second book, The Sacrament of the Goddess, a novel … Continue reading

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An Open Letter to the Mountaineers who will not climb Everest in 2014


UPDATE May 9, 2015 The 2015 Mt Everest climbing season was cancelled, after the deadly avalanche that swept away the fixed rope system through the icefall on the route. Nineteen lives were lost. The western media seems to have given … Continue reading

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The Future of PCL nursing education route in Nepal


May 20, 2015 update: I reposted this on Nurses of Nepal and I expect a lot of hits today. Evidently, there is a new exam for the second-years of PCL throughout the country. The vast majority of students, nationwide, failed … Continue reading

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New Name for this blog will be CCNEPal 2014


short announcement. The name of this blog will be changed to reflect the upcoming trip to teach critical care nursing in Nepal 2014 – not the past. yesterday is gone. we won’t get it back. on to the future!

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CCNEPal plans for 2014


time flies It seems like I only got home to Hawaii yesterday, but will be leaving for Kathmandu tomorrow. In truth, there are seven months before summer 2014 break. In the past I start planning in November or thereabouts. There … Continue reading

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Preliminary report of CCNEPal 2013


Preliminary report of CCNEPal 2013 The CCNEPal 2013 summer critical care nursing project is winding down. A single one-day training event remains, then we pack up our tents. This was an extension of the 2011 summer program which trained 190 … 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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Update About Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) training component


We will focus on critical care nursing skills, but not do an “official” ACLS class. As described in previous blogs, a lot of what I teach is based on materials from the American Heart Association (AHA) and my own background … 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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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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Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree


Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree…. I don’t particularly listen to country music, but the old chestnut from Tony Orlando and Dawn http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBL2kzKg4nY has been going through my head to day, and I were in Honolulu I would … 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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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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How to Measure Health Progress (when we are all going to die)


Getting out of the Silo Something I liked about the medical community of Mission Hospital at Tansen was the accessibility of doctors and nurses to each other, something not common in Nepal, but for that matter, not common in most … Continue reading

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Smart Phones rule the world


Day Three in Bhairawa –  If you haven’t been to the YouTube channel, check it out – I uploaded a nearly-six-minute Mega-code video last evening. Go to youtube and type in “Joe Niemczura” – it’s the Joe Niemczura channel!  And … Continue reading

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The Pirates of Kathmandu


please consider subscribing to my current blog, Honolulu 20110-2012. click on the link and then click on the “sign me up” box on the right. it’s easy! Being a Tourist now and again Nice day Friday the 17th, enjoyed Swayambu … Continue reading

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Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation and other public spectacles


In previous blogs I have teased you a few times by saying someday I would tell the tale of a particular death at Mission Hospital; now is a good time to share. Oh, I had already been teaching certain specific … 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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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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about culture shock and re-entry shock


Thoughtful reflection Prior to my trip I spend time thinking about my past trips, and also about the effect of having lived in a foreign country in the past. On thie first trip I knew I was going to learn about … Continue reading

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The Mysteries of Planning and $$$$


When I tell people I am going to live in Asia for the summer, and volunteer my time teaching nursing there, the most frequent question is “how can you afford to do this?”. I usually tell them I make money … Continue reading

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April 16 2011 update regarding Nepal summer 2011


And now the blogging about my 2011 trip starts in earnest. I have been planning this since January – no, I have really had the idea in the back of my head for two years, but started putting in on … Continue reading

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