Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario

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Leadership Award in Nursing Research: Craig Dale

This award is presented to a registered nurse (RN) or nurse practitioner (NP) who actively explores innovative ideas in nursing research. This individual enhances the image of nursing by engaging in efforts to disseminate research knowledge, and is in dialogue with RNs, NPs and nursing students to identify nursing research needs. The member has a proven ability to attract research funding and actively participates in the activities of professional organizations.

Inspired by his experiences as an ICU nurse at Toronto’s Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Craig Dale is on a mission to improve the delivery of oral care to vulnerable patients in hospitals. “In Ontario hospitals, nurses often struggle to deliver oral care. This is especially important in ICU where oral care is a potentially life-saving intervention,” says Craig. In his current role as a clinician scientist for Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, and as a scientist at the University of Toronto (U of T) Centre for the Study of Pain, he observes oral health encounters between patients and nurses and conducts follow-up interviews with both to generate research for care improvement. When he is not conducting this research, Craig works as an assistant professor at U of T’s Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing. Although it is a lot to juggle, Craig doesn’t let it deter him from his goal. “One of the things that drives me is the patients and family members that inspire me to move this agenda forward.”