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The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

Michelle O'Rourke, M.S.N., F.N.P.-C., G.N.P.-B.C.

Clinical Instructor

Michelle O’Rourke is a clinical instructor for the Master of Science – Nurse Practitioner and Master of Health Services – Physician Assistant degree programs at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis. Her career and research focuses on best practices of transitions of care in the geriatric population.

She co-teaches the Primary Health Care series spanning the first year of the master’s-degree programs. She provides content expertise in women’s health, diseases of the respiratory and neurological systems, and special populations: pediatrics and geriatrics. Motivated by her teaching and clinical experience in geriatrics, O’Rourke earned board certification as a gerontological nurse practitioner in April of 2011 and set her research interests in advancing the health of older adults. She has practiced as a family and gerontological nurse practitioner in the UC Davis Family Practice Clinic for five years and is highly interested in enhancing interprofessional education and practice as a member of the Family and Community Medicine Strategic Planning Committee on Interprofessional Education.

O’Rourke taught at the University of California, San Francisco, from 2003 to 2006 in the Master’s Entry Program in Nursing where she taught the first of a three-year program as an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Family Health Care Nursing. She joined the faculty at UC Davis in October 2007. Prior to this, she worked as a family nurse practitioner in both a private and managed-care practice from 1999 to 2003.

She received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1978 from San Jose State University and a Master of Science in Nursing and Family Nurse Practitioner in 1999 from the University of San Francisco. She is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, the American Nurses Credentialing Center, and the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties. She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree through the Enhance Population Health Outcomes Leadership Track at Rush University.

Contact Information: Phone: (916) 734-2145 | E-mail: michelle.orourke@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu