Dr Helen Rook
RN MN PhD
Lecturer, Graduate School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, NZ
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 post-graduate education. As a nursing academic Helen has primarily taught in the clinical nursing pathways teaching advanced health assessment, and supporting nurses at various stages of their academic careers from student nurses to nurse practitioners.
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 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 to build resilient professionally self-confident health professionals.