Nursing Week Profile: Assistant Professor Craig Dale
Dr. Craig Dale
Assistant Professor, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing; Scientist, University of Toronto Centre for the Study of Pain; Clinician Scientist, Critical Care, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.
Graduation year: PhD 2013
Organization/Hospital/Practice: Adult Intensive Care, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.
Current town: Toronto
Interests, activities, clubs and professional organizations: Running, travel, music and wine.
Why did you want to become a nurse? While in my 20’s, several young friends became seriously ill and died. Throughout their illnesses, I was overwhelmed with apprehension, which left me feeling inadequate and unsupportive. Fortunately, I encountered several nurses who were skilled, confident and kind. They demonstrated how to assist someone experiencing illness. Becoming a nurse was the best decision I ever made.
What was/is the most valuable lesson — inside or outside the classroom — you learned as a student the University of Toronto? Nursing comprises the largest health professional group internationally. However, nursing is rarely in the spotlight. This paradox can lead to misconceptions about nursing work and poor health policy or managerial decisions. This lesson informs my research in the fundamental nursing fields of pain management and preventative oral hygiene.
What is your favourite thing about nursing? A special comradery exists between nurses who care for those who are seriously ill. The bond of which I speak makes it possible to carry on nursing, day after day.
Favourite Bloomberg Nursing professor: Dr. Jan Angus who was my doctoral supervisor. Jan is an amazing nurse, scholar, and mentor. I can only aspire to be as generous and creative as Jan.
Favourite quote: “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek”. [Barack Obama]
How do you plan to celebrate nursing week? I plan to celebrate nursing week by thanking my nursing colleagues for their many contributions to patient care and health system leadership. It is impossible to give them too many accolades.
What is the best thing about your job (if applicable): Smart, ambitious people surround me.