Are You Role Competent?

Recently, I have had the pleasure of working with Dr. Maria O'Rourke, a pioneer in role-based clarity and practice. Dr. O'Rourke's work, primarily in the field of nursing, has created a legacy of role-based professionals who understand that they are professionals first, nurses second, and their job-specific titles third. Dr. O'Rourke's professional role model challenges all professionals to act as:

1. Leaders - who make decisions regarding client needs based on the best evidence available to them

2. Scientists - who gather data and make observations in order to give themselves tools to make decisions

3. Transferors - who communicate with colleagues in order to create synergy within their multi-disciplinary teams

4. Practitioners - who carry out their daily tasks with clarity and confidence.

I believe these competencies are crucial for any professional and hope you will use them to "check yourself" in your daily work.

Thanks, Dr. O'Rourke, for your insights. Becky

P.S. If you are interested in learning more about Dr. O'Rourke's work, please visit