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Curtin Professor inducted into nursing international hall of fame

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A Curtin University Professor of Paediatric and Child Health Nursing will be inducted into the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International’s (STTI) International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame.

Professor Linda Shields, from Curtin’s School of Nursing and Midwifery, will be honoured with 13 other STTI nurse researchers from around the globe for being committed to advancing the knowledge base of nursing.

Professor Shields, who recently became the first nurse in the country to gain a higher doctorate Doctor of Medicine degree, is being recognised for her research into family-centred care, assessing ways that vulnerable families seek healthcare for their children.

It also acknowledges her research into the history of nursing, most notably her research around the role of nurses and midwives in the Nazi-era in Europe.

Professor Shields said it was a great honour to be inducted into the Hall of Fame together with nurses from around the world who are distinguished leaders, mentors, scholars and role models in their field.

“Through this honour, I will have the opportunity to develop more international collaborations, which will help to enrich nursing as a profession,” Professor Shields said.

“The award will also provide me with the chance to promote my research that highlights the role of nurses during the Third Reich. This will help to ensure that the crimes that were committed during the war are never repeated.”

The Hall of Fame induction honours nurse researchers who are Honor Society of Nursing, STTI members; who have achieved long-term, broad national and/or international recognition for their work; and whose research has impacted the profession and the people it serves.

Professor Shields will be presented with her award on Thursday 2 August at STTI’s 23rd International Nursing Research Congress in Brisbane.


Kristy Jones, Public Relations, Curtin University
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