TONE Monthly
April 2019
TONE News & Updates
The 2019 TONE Conference was a great success! Read about some of the highlights here, and check out the photo album HERE.

Thanks from Tim Howell
Thank you to all those who attended the Texas Organization of Nurse Executives (TONE) Conference on March 1. This year’s conference, “Strategies to Inspire Nurse Leaders: Designing, Engaging and Responding,” completely lived up to the title and delivered multiple strategies to engage and inspire nursing leaders. From effective communication skills in the pre-conference by Dr. Rene Thompson to our keynote on values-based leadership by Dr. Bob Dent and ending with an energetic self-reflection by Libby Spears, we were truly inspired by tactics and ideas to improve our personal performance.
By Brandi McDonald, DNP, RN, CMSRN, CNML
In a recent conversation with my Chief Nursing Officer, he mentioned the differences between coaches and cheerleaders. We were discussing leadership candidates and the importance of the coach. In an analogy of sports teams and the 2 roles they play, he described the characteristics of leaders in the coaches and cheerleaders. He mentioned how good leaders exemplify good coaches.
I started reflecting on my own personal leadership and about who I hire into leadership roles. In an article by Patrick Fiorenza (2014), he discusses 3 characteristics of good leaders. He stated that if managers want to become better leaders, they should view their roles in these 3 domains: the critic, the cheerleader, and the coach. Each one represents an important aspect of good leadership.
By Renee Thompson, DNP, RN, CMSRN, CSP, CEO and founder of the Healthy Workforce Institute

What do you do if you’re a healthcare executive and your recent turnover data indicates a bullying and incivility problem? Do you sigh and say, “Well. That’s just the way it’s always been?” Do you call a mandatory meeting with your leaders and tell them to “fix this problem” or else?

Perhaps you know you have a problem but don’t know where to start, so you do nothing or worse, bring everyone together for one workshop on bullying and incivility (check).
TONE offers four $1,500 nurse scholarships per year that are available to TONE members pursuing advanced degrees. The scholarships are awarded on the basis of academics, achievement, community service and financial need. Congratulations to our four scholarship winners for 2018.
The 2018 Excellence in Leadership Award recipient was announced at the
2019 TONE Annual Conference. Gerald W. Bryant, DNP, RN, was presented
the award by Tone President Dr. Tim Howell.
Learn more about the Nurses on Boards Coalition and how you can be involved.
American Sentinel University
Nursing Leadership
How much progress has been made in nursing toward the IOM’s Future of Nursing recommendations? The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Dashboard of indicators reveals where advancement has been accomplished.
Minority Nurse
Laurie Benson, BSN, executive director of the Nurses on Boards Coalition (NOBC), shares the purpose of NOBC, why it is important for nurses to be a part of boards and what nurses bring to the table that other healthcare workers do not.
Here are five tools to help anyone in nursing be a leader to their team and their peers without having an elevated title.
When nurse recruiters at Greenwich Hospital were struggling to fill OR nurse positions in 2016, Reynaldo De La Cruz, RN, CNOR, suggested starting a new residency program.
Naylor Association Solutions
Practice and Patient Care
In a first-of-its-kind study, the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing’s Center for Health Outcomes & Policy Research (CHOPR) has examined nurse satisfaction with EHR systems and the concurrent effects of EHR adoption level and the hospital work environment on usability and quality outcomes.
Washington Post
Officials are pursuing potential discipline against 25 nurses who helped administer excessive and possibly fatal painkillers to dozens of Ohio hospital patients. The Ohio Attorney General declared that the nurses should have questioned an intensive care doctor’s order for those high doses.
Modern Healthcare
Many healthcare providers and administrators are not eager to upend their standard model for care delivery, therefore only a fraction of hospitals and health systems have adopted telemedicine. Consequently, in the coming years, they could lose patients to the burgeoning market of convenient-care options.
According to a new study by researchers at NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing, new nurses are predominantly working 12-hour shifts and nearly half work overtime – trends that have remained relatively stable over the past decade.
Education and Events
Employ the power of online professional networking! Nurses Lounge is all about bringing nursing professionals together in a way that advances our profession. Join TONE’s Lounge today! The cost is free, but the value is priceless!
Your destination for exciting Nurse Executive job opportunities and the best resource for qualified candidates within the nurse executive industry. Visit the TONE Career Center today!
Public Policy
Government Executive
Approximately 100 Veterans Affairs Department nurses from across the country rallied outside the department’s Washington, D.C., headquarters March 15 to protest the leadership of Secretary Robert Wilkie, the department's 49,000 vacancies and the Trump administration's crackdown on their union, National Nurses United.
Members in the News
Oncology Nursing News
TONE member Debbie Cline, MSN, RN, CNI, OCN, NEA-BC, associate director of Nursing Workforce Planning and Development at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, shares her insights on recruitment, noting that her department has purposefully increased the number of students coming through for clinicals from 100 a year to over 1,400 a year since 2006.
Healthcare Industry
Becker’s Hospital Review
HCA Healthcare is now the majority stakeholder in the parent company of the Louisville, Kentucky-based Galen College of Nursing, a private enterprise that is one of the leading nursing schools in the United States.
Becker’s Hospital Review
Founded in 2000, the Doctors Orchestra of Houston is one of a few community orchestras in the U.S. that has health professionals as musicians.