Helen Rook

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Lecturer Graduate School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health


Teaching in 2019


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 along with healthcare leaders to acknowledge and address the visibility of nursing values in contemporary practice, and the dissonance between the values of nursing and those that drive healthcare delivery. Helen is a strong advocate for the empowerment of nurses’ and the articulation of a strong nursing voice at a national and global level.

Supervision Interests

  • nursing values
  • nursing empowerment
  • context of nursing practice
  • culture of healthcare
  • nursing ethics

Research Interests

I'm the lead researcher for the Nursing Voice Project. This project is the cornerstone of a research platform on nursing voice, nursing empowerment and the context and discourse of nursing and nurses.

Current Projects

Living Nursing Values: A collective case study


View a list of publications from Helen Rook


Teaching in 2019