First published 30 August 2012
A James Cook University nursing professor has been inducted into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame.
Professor Linda Shields, from JCU’s School of Nursing, Midwifery and Nutrition, was one of 14 nurse researchers inducted into the 2012 into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame at the 23rd International Nursing Research Congress ceremony in Brisbane.
The award honours nurse researchers from around the world who are members of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI).
Each inductee has achieved significant and sustained national or international recognition for their work, and whose research has impacted the profession.
Professor Shields, whose appointment is conjoint with the Townsville Hospital and Health Service, said it was recognition of the quality of nursing in North Queensland.
“While this is a great honour for me, it is terrific to see nursing in North Queensland highlighted in this way,” she said.
Professor Shields said working in tropical health nursing research was very rewarding.
“I am able to conduct some very different research to the studies that I did when working in Ireland, the UK and mostrecently, in Perth,” she said.
“In addition, I can use the knowledge about tropical health that I developed through years of working in Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Thailand.”
Originally from Brisbane, Professor Shields said she grew up on the Gold Coast, when it was “just a string of small country towns”.
Her mother and aunt were nurses and so was drawn to the profession, she said.
After many years working in nursingthroughout the country, she said she was attracted to North Queensland and its climate and lifestyle.
“My husband Allan and I always liked the North and so when this job came up, we saw it as a good opportunity to live in the Tropics. It also enabled us to come home to Queensland.”
She said nursing was a stimulating profession.
“I enjoy the intellectual challenge of being able to do some really exciting research that will help people maintain their health and wellbeing.
Professor Shields said she was nominated for the Hall of Fame by other nurses around Australia, the US and Ireland.
Professor Shields also holds an honorary chair in the School of Medicine at the University of Queensland.
She is an expert in family-centered care the topic for which, in 2011, she was awarded a Higher Doctorate-Doctor of Medicine from The University of Queensland.
Professor Shields is also the first nurse in Australia to attain a higher doctorate.
Her current research interests include comparison of differences between nursing outcomes in tropical areas and cooler climes, the history of nursing and family-centered care.
She is a member of Phi Delta-At-Large chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, the International Honour Society for Nurses.
For interviews, Professor Shields can be contacted on 0418 359 304 or (07) 47804846.
Photographs of Professor Shields on her Hall of Fame induction evening are available.
JCU Media contact: Caroline Kaurila (07) 4781 4586 or 0437 028 175