Saturday, 13 February 2016

Learning About Nepalese Healthcare

PROJECT: Nursing Placement
WRITTEN BY: Tayla Peck

I was lucky enough to work in ED, ICU, CCU (Coronary critical care) and Maternity at Manipal Teaching Hospital. 

I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the hospital and feel that I have learnt a lot about the Nepalese health care system and their practices. The healthcare staff are very curious about Australian practice and were enthusiastic about involving me in patient care, showing me the ways in which Nepalese healthcare operates. The doctors and interns are keen to share their knowledge and are happy to answer any questions. They speak perfect English too!

It is important that you practice how you would in Australia which can educate the nurses and doctors but still acknowledge the Nepalese clinical practice. Be prepared and bring PPE like gloves, face mask and hand sanitiser. The hospital can provide some of these but don't always think that they will be readily available. Nursing scrubs and a white lab coat are essential to have as this was our uniform. Enclosed shoes like runner or nursing shoes are also required. Nursing roles and tasks in Nepal include IV and oral meds, vitals observations, patient care such as bed making and personal cleansing and dressing, Dr rounds and assisting with invasive procedures.

To get the most out of your hospital placement it is essential to have an open mind and acknowledge the connection between healthcare practices and the deficit in resources. Be prepared, as there is a huge difference between Australian and Nepalese healthcare – but overall, the experience is incredible. Like Australia, working relationships are built on trust and mutual respect so it is important that you are involved with patient care and are interested in the Nepalese health practices by asking lots of questions.

I was invited to one of the nurses homes to have tea and muffins one afternoon. It was lovely to see her home and be invited into it.

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