A love of nursing and learning has led to a James Cook University researcher being acknowledged as one of the world’s best in her field.
Professor Linda Shields, a researcher from JCU’s Tropical Health Research Unit in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Nutrition, has been inducted into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame.
Professor Shields, who has been a nurse since the age of 17, was one of 14 international nursing researchers honoured last week at a ceremony in Brisbane during the International Nursing Research Congress.
Professor Shields said she believed her award was for her family-centred approach to care.
“It is a way of caring for children and their families when they come into a health service, which means care is delivered to the family as a unit, rather than the individual child, so the integrity of the family is protected.”
Professor Shields said she would be focusing her research on tropical areas in future, having previously worked in areas such as Indonesia, Thailand and Papua New Guinea.
“This is very exciting, it’s an opportunity to broaden opportunities, to make a difference to a wide range of people,” she said.
“My position at JCU means I can extend my research to try and see if there are any particular difficulties for people and families who live in tropical areas.
“If we find that people’s needs are different in tropical areas, we can ensure that our nursing care is geared so that those people receive the most appropriate care.”
Issued: August 9,2012
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