Hi! My name is Shaoxuan (Julia) Shi, and I am a current MN-CHN student at the University of Washington. I was born and grew up in Tianjin, China, a very beautiful coastal city near Beijing. I finished my BSN in my hometown and worked as an ICU nurse for about a year. With the encouragement and inspiration from my friends, I moved to the U.S. in 2010 to pursue my master’s degree in both Gerontology and Social Work fields. I finished my practicum at the Knight Alzheimer’s Research Center in St. Louis, at a nursing home/rehab center and at other clinical settings. I spent many years in studying healthy aging process and had many opportunities to work with older patients and their families. From my clinical experience, I have developed a great passion for promoting health among older people, especially the ones with dementia. I want to make a difference in their lives and enable them to maintain their dignity even with the diagnosis of dementia.
When I was a MSW student, I involved in many community-based activities and worked with many great licensed social workers in an interdisciplinary team. I gradually developed an interest in working with older people and health care professional at the community level. I wanted to know more about community health nursing, so I moved to Seattle and started this new journey in 2014. From my studying in CHN, I want to gain knowledge of how community health nursing work in diverse communities. Also, I want to learn some new tools and strategies that I can apply to my future career in nursing and health science.
I like to watch movies and hang out with my friends and family when I have some spare time. I believe in “study hard and play hard”, and I always enjoy cooking with friends and enjoying the yummy dishes together.