Dr. O’Rourke’s research focuses understanding and influencing nursing's professional positioning and capacity in community based primary care/primary health care teams. Her work is crucial to the transformation of a sustainable Canadian Health System. Through her research, she aims to have an impact on practice, education, research priorities and community.
Practice: Influence the patient and provider experience through process and structural improvements.
Education: Contribute to eminence in the development and utilization of nursing knowledge and innovative teaching strategies to support nursing students in achieving excellent outcomes.
Research Priorities: Provide leadership in setting the agenda for nursing research in community based primary care/primary health care teams.
Community: Increase citizens' and health professional's understanding of the nursing roles and the capacity the profession has to influence health outcomes as members of primary care/primary health care teams.