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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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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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Tips about learning Nepali Language


Learning the Nepali language  The 2013 trip will not require proficiency in Nepali language, but if you do study it you will have ever so much more fun. The simple fact of reading a street sign or a menu will … 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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Back in Honolulu


The flights were uneventful and of course, long. I got up periodically to stretch legs and prevent DVT of course. It is nice to be back, spent the time getting the place in order. I will be deactivating this blog … Continue reading

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The Secret of a Good Professional Curriculum Vitae and other fallacies


please consider subscribing to my current blog, Honolulu 2011-2012 Curriculum Vitae Was toying with how to describe this summer’s project in my CV, and the spectrum of descriptors extends to the horizon in both directions….. it can be anything from … Continue reading

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the last seventyfive students July 29


(Thursday evening Got back from dinner with a friend to see that th Koreans were back – about twenty eating kim chee in the kitchen – nodding politely and smiling. Twelve women are in the annexe with me; the men … 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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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 Wise Men Say There’s a Thousand Ways to Kneel and Kiss the Ground”


Nancy Harless was right when she said “Joe! Stop and smell the incense!” The title of today’s blog comes from The Gathering of Spirits, a wonderful song by Carrie Newcomer, one of my favorite singer/songwriters. Birthdays and Anniversaries A year … 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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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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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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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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Matthew 5:45 is the Order of the Day


Rain. “Pani ho!” “That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.” … 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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A Hindu Wedding in Old Kathmandu, brass band, raksi, and mother-in-law


Start off with some puffery: There are hundreds, perhaps thousands of foriegn medical volunteers who come here, but not very many get a newspaper article written about their project. Here is one about me. I am flattered, of course. Chuba part … Continue reading

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Would you recognize love if it stared you in the eye?


The Day The day started as they all do…. Up at 0500, make coffee – contemplate the schedule…… We’ve had twelve hours of continuous pattering rain – a nice background for falling asleep – and the temp has cooled a … Continue reading

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Becoming a TV celebrity in Kathmandu


X-ing off days on the calendar. In 2007 I bought a brown leather diary in which to write every day for my first adventure to Nepal, and I filled 198 pages of it by the end of the time, single … Continue reading

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definition of a “slum”


Further Adventures in documents Thursday I got my visa renewed. On arrival I only had the cash for a one-month visa due to my book-shipping problem, and now I am legally here til I leave Aug 2nd. The visa cost … 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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Bi-Lingual Nursing Education – English and Nepali


why not subscribe to my current blog?  Tuesday marked three days with the fifteen BN students, they will now have a day off while I do class #2 with the larger group. My goal was to maximize time spent teaching … 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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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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Air cargo building in Kathmandu


Cargo Arrival Late last night I got an email to say that my five boxes were in Thai Air Cargo and I could get them. My plan was to go there myself and see if I could independently navigate the … 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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