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Schedule for 2-day version of Cardiac Life Support course


MBBS? Medical Officers? CCNEPal will be available to train MBBS students in Cardiac Life Support, and is working to schedule this with some hospitals (I will announce more when dates are confirmed). for nurses When we teach this to nurses, … Continue reading

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the key to ecg for acls is – the six basic rhythms


Onliest six rhythms Yes, Virginia, there are only six cardiac rhythms. The protocol is based on this construct. Believe and achieve! Just a quick note to accompany this YouTube link. You can practice mega-code without a fancy manikins and fancy … 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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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 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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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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not sleeping alone in Bharatpur


Let’s start a nursing school Okay, so one missing piece of the economic puzzle is why there are so many B Sc nursing schools being started in Nepal. There is a rush of new programs on the books in Nepal. … Continue reading

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Where Do You Park an Elephant *During Monsoon?*


So I was up early to take taxi to Kanti Path near Thamel. It’s the point from which nice Tourist Buses depart for Chitwan and Pokhara. Aarju Niraula met me there and we were joined by Rajani the in-charge 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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Bhairawa side-trip day two – not on the weather channel


Rickshaw part one Didn’t actually leave the Guest House until 0700, left my A/C room and stepped out into the hazy languid mugginess that is the Terai. Immediate bath of sweat. A beautiful flutelike sound of a bird I could … 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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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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I once was lost and now I’m found


After six straight days of teaching, the idea was to “get out of dodge” for Saturday and get some exercise. Two years ago I did the hike from Changu Narayan to Bhaktapur and it was excellent. So – – – … Continue reading

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A break in the teaching marathon. ABGs in KTM.


My six-day teaching marathon is now history. Tomorrow is a day off, then two more days in which I will wrap up the fist of my five cohorts of students. There will be other similar weeks in which I teach … 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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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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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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reprint of 2008 meningococcal meningitis episode


Looking through old emails I cam across this, and thought I would share it…. something that happened in 2008 but is fresh in memory….. it’s an email  I sent to friends at the time…. ***************************** don’t know how to start this … Continue reading

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