After earning his nursing degree in 1987 from Excelsior, Dale Dayton has worked in a variety of settings within the health care industry from a staff nurse, to a nurse manager, and eventually a researcher. He was attracted to Excelsior College since it gave him the ability to complete his degree with a flexible schedule. “Without Excelsior,” he notes, “my career in health care would not have been possible.”
While working in a busy inner-city Level II Emergency Room full-time, he was also a full-time student in a diploma nursing program, and stressed balancing this heavy load. Then he learned about Excelsior’s self-paced program. “By pursuing my degree at Excelsior, I was able complete it in a time frame similar to that of my classmates who stayed in the diploma program but without being overwhelmed by the need to attend classes on a daily basis.”
With his nursing degree and RN license in hand, he worked as a staff nurse for several years in a hospital before being promoted to assistant director of the emergency department. It was in the ED where he cared for patients who were enrolled in clinical research trials on treatments for cases of heart attacks and strokes. Dale found the research side of nursing fascinating and was hired to work as a research nurse for the School of Medicine at the University of Cincinnati where he worked on projects that advanced the care of patients living with HIV/AIDS.
Dale later worked in the pharmaceutical industry as a clinical research associate on multiple projects in a variety of clinical areas including: infectious diseases, vaccines, ophthalmology, diabetes, asthma, osteoporosis, and oncology, projects that literally took him all over the world.
Licensed as an RN in Ohio and the District of Columbia, today Dayton is an independent consultant working with a number of clinical research organizations and pharmaceutical, and biotech companies. The work he does directly affects the safety of new medications in the process of being approved by regulatory agencies like the Food and Drug Administration.