Gail J. Mitchell, RN, BScN, MScN, PhD
Office: HNES Room 343
Telephone: 416-736-2100 (ext. 33897)
Research and Scholarly Interests
Professor Gail Mitchell is a human becoming scholar, a leader of
care practices, a researcher using phenomenological and
methodologies, and an emerging artist. Since receiving her PhD
University of South Carolina in 1992, she has been a nurse
scientist at the
Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (formerly The Queen Elizabeth
chief nursing officer at Sunnybrook & Women’s Health Sciences
started in her full time teaching role at York in 2003. Gail’s
20 years in practice
have nurtured in her a deep and abiding respect for the work
nurses do and for
the profound impact that work has on peoples’ lives. She honors
nurses in her
teaching and writing and she has won many awards and accolades
truthful and transformative approaches in nursing practice,
Professor Mitchell’s scholarly interests include: integrating
the arts in research
dissemination, the ethics of nursing practice and education,
and nursing theory, transformative leadership, unitary thinking
& global health,
human science nursing, lived experiences of dementia and
technology, teaching-learning through discussion, human becoming
criticism, and the development of moral consciousness.
1992 – PhD, Nursing Science. University of South Carolina
1987 – MScN, University of Toronto
1984 – BScN, Florida Atlantic University
1974 – Diploma, Nursing, St. Rita’s School of Nursing
Jonas-Simpson, C. J., & Mitchell, G. J. (2005). Giving voice to
expressions of quality of life for persons with dementia through
music, and art. Alzheimer’s Care Quarterly, 6, 52-61.
Mitchell, G. J., Pilkington, F. B., Jonas-Simpson, C., Aiken,
F., Carson, M.
G., Fisher, A., & Lyon, P. (2005). The meaning of waiting for
long-term care. A descriptive-exploratory study. Nursing Science
Quarterly, 18, 98-104.
Mitchell, G. J. (2004). An emerging framework for human becoming
criticism. Nursing Science Quarterly, 17, 103-109.
Pilkington, F. B., & Mitchell, G. J. (2004). Quality of life for
with a gynecological cancer. (2004). Quality of life for women
gynaecologic cancer. Nursing Science Quarterly, 17, 147-155.
Mitchell, G. J., & Bunkers, S. S. (2003). Engaging the abyss: A
opportunity. Nursing Science Quarterly. 16, 121-125.
Mitchell, G. J. (2003). Abstractions and particulars: Leaning
practice. Nursing Science Quarterly, 16, 310-314.
Mitchell, G. J., Ferguson-Paré, M., & Richards, J. (2003).
alternative metaphor for nursing: Relinquishing military images
language. The Canadian Journal of Nursing Leadership, 16(1),
Bournes, D. A., & Mitchell, G. J. (2002). Waiting: The
persons in a critical care waiting room. Research in Nursing &
Mitchell, G. J. (2002). Evidence-based practice: Critique and
view. In J. W. Kenney (Ed.), Philosophical and theoretical
advanced nursing practice (3rd ed.), (pp. 261-267). Sudbury, MA:
and Bartlett. (Reprinted from Nursing Science Quarterly, 12,
Mitchell, G.J. (2002). Self-serving and other-serving: Matters
of trust and
intent. Nursing Science Quarterly, 15, 288-293.
Mitchell, G. J., & Lawton, C. (2000). Living with the
personal choices for persons with diabetes: Implications for
practitioners. Canadian Journal of Diabetes Care, 24(2), 23-30.
2004 I am still here - Living with Alzheimer’s disease.
Mitchell, G. J.,
& Jonas-Simpson, J. (Co-P.I.s), & Ivonoffski, V. (Playwright/
(Ken Murray and the Murray Alzheimer and Research
Education Program (MAREP), & University of Waterloo;
Research Program: Rehabilitation & Long-Term Care; Sunnybrook &
Women’s Research Institute; Canadian Nurses Foundation,
2003 Living with diabetes: Expanding self-care for persons
with diabetes [Web site development project] Mitchell, G. J., &
M. (Co-P.I.s). (Richard Ivy Foundation, $50,000)
2003 Impact of nursing development and patient centred care.
Bournes, D. (P.I.) (University Health Network), Mitchell, G. J.,
(Change Foundation, $100,000)
2001 The lived experience of waiting for persons in long term
Mitchell, G. J., Pilkington, F. B., Jonas-Simpson, C. (Co-P.I.s).
(Collaborative Research Program: Rehabilitation & Long-Term
2000 The lived experience of feeling listened to. Jonas-Simpson,
Fisher, A., & Mitchell, G. J. (Co-P.I.s). (Collaborative
Rehabilitation & Long-Term Care, $3,500)
Current Research Projects
* Evaluating research-based drama as a vehicle for disseminating
research findings. Proposal development & submission for
* Evaluating web-based activities for impact on persons living