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January 5th Update for summer 2019 teaching schedule of CCNEPal


CCNEPal offers a threeday course in critical care skills to nurses of Nepal since 2011. Browse past blog entries on this site to learn about our activities. As of January 2019, the plan is to arrive in Nepal around May … Continue reading

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Summary of Summer 2018 CCNEPal activities


This is “late” seeing as how I returned to USA six weeks ago. My job in USA – my “real job” keeps me busy. Locations and hosts CCNEPal taught 19 sessions in Nepal in summer 2018, and distributed 593 certificates … Continue reading

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#WarAgainstDoctors in Nepal with #mulukiAeen #WeAreWithYouNMA


The doctors of Nepal are leading a nationwide protest by shutting down hospital services except for emergency cases, starting today ( well, strictly speaking, yesterday since they are a day ahead of us on the International Date Line). The government … Continue reading

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Sept 2017 Protest by doctors regarding Cabinet proposal in “malpractice”


“Thrashing” of doctors is a problem Last week the Nepali cabinet proposed that doctors in Nepal be responsible for compensating the family of any person that dies under their care. The Nepal Medical Association called for a  “bandh” (work stoppage) in protest. … Continue reading

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Janakpur visit summer 2016, part one – the town


I spent the summer of 2016 teaching the CCNEPal course in Nepal, mostly in Terai. I was invited to teach in Janakpur, in eastern Terai for two weeks. It turned out to be a highlight of the summer. I am proud … Continue reading

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Critique of the Human Rights Watch report on Nepal Oct 16th, 2015 and suggestions


“Like We are Not Nepali” The Human Rights Watch published a 44-page report investigating the killings in Nepal during the Terai Andolan of August-September 2015. The report was accompanied by a press release and a New York Times article to … Continue reading

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Two doctors thrashed at Patan Hospital Sept 10, 2015 and what to do about it


ATTENTION: the text in color, is “hyperlinks” – click on each colored word and it will lead you to another place that provides background. News from Patan Two doctors got beaten by angry relatives of a patient, at Patan Hospital. here … Continue reading

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My advice to those seeking to bring back the tourists to Nepal July 19th 2015


I love Nepal and I want them to recover and thrive after their earthquake, but….. warning: this is not a neat blog. I know it’s disjointed but I’m publishing it anyway. It’s thinking out loud. please share. Nepal is desperate … Continue reading

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Our Friends may change or die


Book review Oct 24, 2014 Books are the most faithful of friends. Our friends may change or die but our books are patiently waiting to talk to us. But to read nothing but books of fiction is like eating nothing … Continue reading

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Shouldn’t we read about the real Nepal?


Note: The Sacrament of the Goddess is now available at Vajra Books on Jyatha in Thamel, and Tibet Book on Tri Devi. The Sacrament of the Goddess is about Nepal, but not the Nepal you usually read about. Most of the … Continue reading

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Link to May 2014 interview on Himali Swoharu e-radio.


this is a short blog entry. I recorded an interview with Mr. Sahadev Paudel, of Manhattan New York USA who has produced an ongoing podcast for many years. It was a pleasure to meet him in person – He’d interviewed … Continue reading

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link to the blog for my new novel


The book is now available on Amazon. and the reviews are pouring in. http://sacramentofthegoddess.wordpress.com/2014/04/25/review-of-my-novel-the-sacrament-of-the-goddess-by-a-nepali-rn/

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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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Best Review of The Sacrament of the Goddess so far – a “page turner” for summer 2014


I have been sending out copies of the book to gather pre-publication reviews. The date approaches – May 1st. Here is the best of the early reviews, from Goodreads   Justin Acklin rated it 5 of 5 stars I read … Continue reading

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new e-book edition of The Hospital at the End of the World, on Amazon soon


update: the first version included links only to the book site. I have now re-done them to reflect the e-book site. 2009 When The Hospital at the End of the World was published in 2009, e-books and e-readers were just … Continue reading

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नेपाल हाम्रो घर हो, डेरा होईन । अब बिकल्प कुर्दै बस्ने होइन अाफै हुने हो ।


video links Link to an excellent video which happens to be in Nepali. It come from an organization named “Bibeksheel Nepal” and there are many other short videos from them on YouTube. they actively promote democratic ideals in Nepal. for those of … Continue reading

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On the topic of writing a second book about Nepal Oct 26th


The Weight This week I got to the point where I needed to print off a copy of my manuscript so as to have something to heft. Looking at the screen was getting stale, and the story is taking sufficient shape … 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 internet radio broadcast Himali Sworharu


I am adjusting to Honolulu. Mysteriously, my cough has disappeared….. I gave a phone interview to Himali Sworharu Internet Radio the other day. here it is, in all it’s glory. http://http://nepaliradio.org/2011/08/joe-niemczura-2/ I am still cleaning up odds and ends related … 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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my License as an R.N. in Nepal, making videos of nursing education


Jan 2012 – please consider subscribing to my current blog. This Kathmandu blog is not active anymore, now that the 2011 trip to Nepal is history. August 2, 2011 Today’s program was not very ambitious. I still have a dry cough … 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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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Tales of the Terai, Day Two in Bhairawa Nepal


So they tell me it was 39 degrees here yesterday. Thank God the classroom was air conditioned, although it was being stressed by the work it was doing. I had to Google a temp converter. Yes folks, 102 and it … Continue reading

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Dinner at Nine in the Terai


Dinner at Nine A gentle tap on the door promptly at nine PM, and I was summoned to join the other Universal College of Medical Sciences (UCMS) Guest House residents around the formal dinner table for the meal. T-shirt 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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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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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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The Truth About Butterflies. duuno why I did this, but – I did.


So I just posted the blog about yesterday’s class, this morning but feel energized right now so I am jotting down today’s while it is still fresh. As we ended the class Friday, the students had wheedled about dispensing with … Continue reading

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The first group of little birds will now leave my nest


One more day and then the first cohort, fifteen BN students will be “done” with the training. These guys stuck with it, and still had some panache left at the end. Four more such groups will join them over the … 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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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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Meanwhile back in Honolulu


Followup of the other day:check this out. My sublettee tells me the ’97 Civic has electrical problems. Last year the mechanic told me it was unlikely to pass inspection again; and I’ve had various things happen to it – 180,000 … Continue reading

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A Day off to Explore Old Kathmandu and find – – – the love of my life?


A Day off About twenty days (hard to believe) since I landed,  nearly a quarter of the time has gone by. I spent a lot of time doing the administrative work to get my program off the ground, and have … 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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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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What does it mean to be “Scholarly?”


Keeping off the street and out of Trouble So after the first trip to Nepal in 2007 I wrote a 100,000-word book. ” Narrative non-fiction” – Then I compiled a FaceBook page; now up to 3950 ‘fans.’ Then I generated … 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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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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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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