The program was based on teaching and supporting nurses in specific hospital departments. Having come from an ICU background I was based in ICU at Grande International Hospital in Katmandu.
Initially I had wanted to work in the public hospital system but soon learnt that patients pay for everything whether in the private or public system. From a piece of gauze to an ampoule of life saving adrenaline.
In the program we taught head to toe assessment of the ICU patient. We held head to toe assessment and ventilation workshops and then worked with the nurses on the floor in the ICU.
Although I have worked in a big ICU for several years now and seen many different patient presentations, I was taught many things by the nurses and Doctors who I worked with at Grande. I seen patient presentations I will probably never even read about and witnessed many critical patients and sometimes the sad outcome if patients not making it out of ICU.
After learning the cost of treatment for a patient and their family, I realised the importance of educating and supporting the nurses in ICU in performing proper head to toe assessment. When changes in a patients condition can be identified early it not only saves time and money but can save lives.
There were a lot of new nurses starting in ICU and for any nurse who has worked in ICU it is both an exciting and a scary experience. So it was a privilege to be able to support and work with the new nurses to ICU. It was so great to watch the nurses skills and confidence grow through the time I was there.
Although far from home and family NTR became my second family and many new friendships were made.
All patients everywhere deserve the best possible care that can be given. In a resource poor country this can be difficult. I was so impressed by the care that the nurses provided considering they had little to work with. The kindness and compassion shown to the patients is something I won't forget.
Coming from such a richly resourced ICU it was such a great experience to be able to share my skills and knowledge with the wonderful nurses I worked with.
Thanks NTR and all the wonderful nurses and doctors I worked with. I won't forgot your smiles or kindness .