Professor Shields is Professor of Rural Health at Charles Sturt University, Bathurst.
Professor Shields’ main areas of research and scholarship are in paediatric nursing and child health, and nursing history. She has a particular interest in the history of nursing during the Nazi era in Europe, and is also now examining the history of nursing and midwifery in tropical regions.
She is also an Honorary Professor in the School of Medicine at The University of Queensland.
She is on the board of the Association for the Wellbeing of Children in Health Care, a Fellow of the Australian College of Nursing and the Royal Society of Medicine (UK), and Life Member of the Australian College of Children and Young People’s Nurses.