Patricia O'Connor
Patricia O'Connor
2008-09 Canadian Harkness Associate
Associate Director of Nursing, Neurosciences
Co-director of Best Practices Program
Department of Nursing
McGill University Health Centre
Assistant Professor
School of Nursing
McGill University
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Harkness Project Title: Innovations in Interdisciplinary Work Redesigns in the U.S. and Canada: Impacts on Quality of Care and Work Environment

Mentor: Maureen Bisognano

Biography at time of Harkness Fellowship: Patricia O'Connor, RN, M.Sc.N, a 2008–09 Canadian Harkness Associate in Health Care Policy and Practice, is associate director of nursing, neurosciences and co-director of the best practices program in the department of nursing at the McGill University Health Centre. She is also an assistant professor in the school of nursing at McGill University and a guest faculty member of the Canadian Patient Safety Institute's Safer Health Care Now campaign. She is a Certified Health Executive, Past President of the Academy of Canadian Executive Nurses, a Board member of a number of health care organizations, and a founding member of the Canadian Health Leadership Network and the Consortium for Nursing Research and Innovation. From 2004–06, she held a CHSRF Fellowship in Executive Training in Research Application, and she has expertise in sustainability of knowledge transfer processes, business case development for reduction of adverse events, development of high performance teams and performance benchmarking. O'Connor's primary research focuses on safety issues in health care delivery (patient, practitioner, and system level outcomes) and her work has been published in journals such as Health care Quarterly. She holds a master's degree in nursing from McGill University.

Project: O’Connor’s project examined innovations in inter-disciplinary health service delivery models in the U.S. and Canada that offer work re-design and policy solutions to staffing shortages. In particular, this mixed methods study addressed what kinds of multidisciplinary innovations are directly linked to improved health outcomes, better working environments, and better productivity. Sampling was upon nomination by U.S. and Canadian nurse executive and health care organizations. The main methods of data collection included team performance self-assessment, document reviews, interviews, and targeted observation.

Career Activity Since Fellowship

  •  Director of Nursing, McGill University Health Center, 2009

Current Position: Director of Nursing & Chief Nursing Officer at McGill University Health Centre. (Updated 3/2014)

E-mail: patty.oconnor@muhc.mcgill.ca

Selected Publications

Wong, CA., H. Laschinger, H., GG Cummings, G.G., L. Vincent, L., P. O’Connor, P. "Decisional Involvement of Senior Nurse Leaders in Canadian Acute Care Hospitals." Journal of Nursing Management, 2010 Mar; 18(2):122-33.


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