Helen Rook

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Senior Lecturer School of Nursing, Midwifery, and Health Practice


Teaching in 2020


RN DipN: Queens (Belf), BSc(Hons) Manc, PgDip Specialist Nursing (ICU/CCU)Trin (Dub), MN (Merit) PhD Well


Helen holds a strong clinical and educational portfolio with a background in critical care nursing in the United Kingdom, Ireland and New Zealand. Helen has worked as a nursing academic in both New Zealand and Irish Universities, delivering undergraduate and postgraduate education.

As an early career researcher, Helen's academic interest has led her to explore professional nursing values, value dissonance, and the impact of systems and situational context on the expression of nursing values. Her recently completed doctoral work in this area found that healthcare environments obstruct nursing values, creating a gap between how nurses want to, and how they are able to, practice.

Helen's research challenges nurses, nurse leadership, and healthcare leaders to acknowledge and address the visibility of values in contemporary practice, and the dissonance between the values of healthcare professionals and those that drive healthcare delivery. Helen is particularly interested in supporting organisational climates that build resilient professionally self-confident health professionals.

Supervision Interests

  • values
  • culture and context of healthcare
  • resilience
  • nursing voice and empowerment
  • nursing ethics
  • professionalism

Research Interests

Future research will focus on the alignment of organisational climates, professional practice and the delivery of holistic patient-centred care.

Current Projects

Living Nursing Values: A collective case study

Older adults with extreme obesity in Aged Residential Care facilities

Nursing voice project


View a list of publications from Helen Rook


Teaching in 2020