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Assoc. Prof. Dr. 
Developing New Nursing Leaders

Associate Professor Dr. Waraporn Chaiwat is a highly knowledgeable and experienced expert in the field of pediatric nursing, with an impressive track record of academic publications and research works. She has developed numerous research tools and assessment instruments that are crucial for promoting the health of children, such as the Thai State-Trait Anxiety Inventory for Children-Revised, Thai Child Medical Fear Scale, Thai Developmental Screening Tool for Infants and Toddlers (TDST), Thai Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (TM-CHAT), and Parental Feeding Behaviors (Indonesian). In addition, she has also conducted research aimed at promoting adolescent health, including stress management and delaying sexual activity until the appropriate age. Additionally, she has also researched to develop the health of the Thai population in various aspects. One of the important research works is the study of the independent practice of professional nurses, which was funded by the Health Systems Research Institute in 2001. This has led to subsequent research and promoted entrepreneurship among nurses. As a professor at the Faculty of Nursing, Chulalongkorn University, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Waraporn has taught and served as an administrator for various degree programs, including the master and doctoral programs. She has contributed greatly to developing students' nursing skills, knowledge, and life skills, sending nursing students out to provide health services in health service centers, communities, and underprivileged communities. In addition, she has been a leader in disseminating healthcare knowledge through various online media. In recognition of her outstanding teaching, she received the Outstanding Teacher Award from the Faculty of Nursing in 2009 and the Outstanding Alumnus Award in the Nurse Teacher category from the Chulalongkorn University Nursing Alumni Association. Aside from teaching, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Waraporn has applied her knowledge of pediatric nursing to continuous social services. She has served as an academic committee member and a speaker for the Children's Shelter Foundation under the Royal Patronage, as well as a member of the Chulalongkorn Home for Children Committee, collaborating with these organizations on an ongoing basis. Although currently, she may not be able to fully work the above roles due to her several other responsibilities, she tries her best to keep collaborating with these organizations whenever possible. In terms of professional development, Associate Professor Dr. Waraporn is the one who recognizes the importance of developing the nursing profession. Therefore, she has served as a committee member and various committees in the Nurses Association of Thailand, the Nursing Council of Thailand, and the Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners of Thailand continuously until now. She has served as a committee member and secretary to draft regulations on the criteria for issuing certificates or diplomas related to knowledge and expertise in nursing and midwifery, and later was part of the management team of the College of Nursing and Midwifery of Thailand in organizing knowledge testing for graduate professional nurses to develop into specialized Advanced Practice Nurses (APNs). During her tenure as the faculty dean, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Waraporn demonstrated her leadership and organizational skills in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. She coordinated with various units of the university, external organizations, and volunteers to manage personnel, resources, and work systems efficiently and safely, providing healthcare services to the public through the university's vaccine service center. She also led the faculty's efforts to improve the work system's efficiency in terms of multifunction, shared service, e-document, and full-scale online work. In terms of academic affairs, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Waraporn promoted joint research seminars with international universities, student exchange programs both on-site and online, and interprofessional education through virtual simulation. She also pushed for the development of a new nursing curriculum, including a double degree program at the graduate level with Kobe University, Japan.

Published on: 04/08/2023 12:32 pm
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Class of: 1983
Field: Health Science
Faculty / Institute / College: Faculty of Nursing
Degree: Bachelor of Science (Nursing and Midwifery)