Meet Bulaporn Natipagon-Shah, PhD, RN & Assistant Professor for the School of Nursing

DSCN9777What brought you to CSUSM?
I want to contribute my knowledge and time to teach students with a diverse socio-economic background.

What type of research are you doing?
I am currently working on health research where I explore screening behaviors of colon cancer among Thai immigrants.

What inspired you to choose nursing?
I first wanted to be a just a nurse. However, when I was in nursing school, I had instructors who were very dedicated and had great passion in teaching. They made me realize that nursing instructors could significantly impact patients’ lives by dedicating their time to prepare students to be competent, safe, caring nurses.

What do you hope students take away from your classes at the end of each semester?
I hope that they are able to reach the objectives of the course at the end of the semester. By reaching the objectives (in both didactic and clinical section), they should be able to understand disease process and have the skills for detecting and analyzing changes in a patient’s conditions as well as being able to manage care in a timely, safely manner.

What is the biggest challenge in your job?
To make nursing students aware that nursing is the profession that is responsible to a person’s life and wellbeing.  Therefore, they need to be properly manage time to their studying in order to gain accurate, ample knowledge to care for their patients.

What is the greatest reward of your job?
To see my former students who now work as nurses on the floors where I teach my nursing students. To hear other nurses say that my students are able to provide good care for the patients.

What would people be surprised to know about you? 
I love to eat all kinds of food, including Korean bbq, Sushi-seafood buffet, Chinese buffet, Suplantation, Sunday brunch, etc.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
Although I find myself doing work on the computer most of the time but when I am away from my computer I play with my 4-leged kids. (I have 4 Shi-Tzu, one male and 3 female.)

What’s the best part about working at CSUSM?
I feel very privileged to be part of the CSUSM community where I can teach students whom the majority of them are from a working class family.  It seems like they value education, working hard and wanting to learn.

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