Faculty & Staff
Dal's Nursing Leaders
Dalhousie’s School of Nursing is home to respected faculty members who are among the world’s leaders in nursing research and education.
Our faculty is committed to expanding nursing knowledge, furthering practice and seeking better health care outcomes. Faculty members accomplish these goals through research, partnerships with health care stakeholders and by educating the next generation of nurses.
Each week we will highlight a member of our faculty at either of our Halifax or Yarmouth sites. Check back often to learn more about our team.
Dr. O’Rourke’s background is in primary health care with a specific focus on the advancement of nursing and other allied health provider’s scope of practice within team based health care delivery models. Dr. O’Rourke has been a nurse for over 25 years now, the first 10 as a Registered Nurse and the last 15 as a Nurse Practitioner. She is well-known for her involvement in the advancement of NP-led clinics in Canada and she was the Chief Nurse Practitioner at an NP-led clinic from 2010 to 2014. She has developed and implemented several NP-led initiatives, the most recent in Edmonton, Alberta (Collaborative Community Care: C3 for Seniors). She is also an experienced educator, with over 15 years in academics, her previous appointment was at the University of Alberta. She has now joined the Dalhousie faculty team as Assistant Professor and is looking forward to continuing her career here in Halifax. Her research focuses on NP practice patterns, Leadership and Interprofesessional Team development in primary care.