TONE Monthly
June 2019
TONE News & Updates
University of Texas at Arlington is now offering new certificate courses in nursing administration. Click below for more information on the new Certificate in Nursing Administration as well as the new Post Master's Certificate in Nursing Administration.
By Cynthia Plonien DNP, RN, CENP
The purpose of this writing is to bring awareness to the value of knowledge and application of Human Factor Science to the practice of nursing leadership and management. In health care, significant errors exact substantial toll in terms of financial costs as well as human life. A variety of factors contribute to medical errors, recognized among them are missed care, avoidable delays, administration of wrong medications, wrong site surgery, improper use of technology, equipment failure and failure in communications.
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American Sentinel University
Nursing Leadership
By Denene Brox, Minority Nurse
Many people feel called into nursing careers. Nurses get the unique opportunity to directly serve people in achieving better health. But while nursing offers many rewards, the stress of the job can also lead to burnout. Left unchecked, career burnout can drive even the most dedicated nurses to leave the profession altogether.
By Eileen Williamson, MSN, RN,
Healthcare professionals in all disciplines are called upon frequently to deal with unique and difficult patient situations. As nurses, you spend more time with patients than any other profession and deal with difficult patient situations frequently because of the front line position you hold within healthcare. Situations can arise from a simple patient question or information from a medical record that gives you pause or concern.
By Christina Morgan, Daily Nurse
Daily Nurse's Nurse of the Week is Frank Baez, who recently shared his journey from working as a janitor at New York University (NYU) to graduating from the university’s nursing program over 10 years later. Baez moved to New York from the Dominican Republic at 15 years old where he found a job working as a janitor at NYU’s Langone Tisch Hospital. This spring, he graduated from the school’s nursing program at 29 years old. 
Naylor Association Solutions
TX Department of State Health Services
Practice and Patient Care
By Nancy J. Brent, MS, JD, RN
After a survey by the state department of public health of a skilled nursing facility, violations of Medicare and Medicaid’s regulations were discovered. These included a failure to protect a resident from abuse and failure to implement adopted policies on abuse/neglect. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) held that these deficiencies placed residents in “immediate jeopardy.”
By Anuja Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review
Spending 10 minutes with a therapy dog can help reduce distress among patients who are waiting for emergency treatment, according to a study published in Patient Experience Journal. Researchers conducted the study at the Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, the first hospital in Canada to allow therapy dog visits in its emergency department.
Business Insider
Nurses interact with patients day in and day out. While most nurses love working with others, some wish they could tell their patients more about what it's really like caring for them. For instance, nurses told Business Insider that they wish they could tell patients to stop treating the hospital like a hotel and to stop demanding their immediate attention at all times.
By Anuja Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review
Most clinicians and executives believe that financial rewards tied to risk reduction are the best strategy to engage patients in their health goals, according to an NEJM Catalyst patient engagement survey. The online survey polled members of the NEJM Catalyst Insights Council, of which 607 completed the survey. Forty-nine percent of respondents were clinicians, 27 percent were healthcare executives and 24 percent were clinical leaders.
Education and Events
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Join TONE June 11, 2019 at 12 PM CST for a webinar on developing critical thought in leadership as a reflective experience that occurs physiologically through neuro-pathways in the brain. Reflection supporting critical thought, seems to elude the quick pace of day to day management activity. Often managers spend their day responding to urgent needs, multi-tasking along the way. Reflection for the sake of critical thinking becomes a rarity. However, there is an added risk to the development of critical thought that is far greater than what happens in the environmental work world. It is a risk you will find right in front of your eyes and at your fingertips. The threat is to the inner-working of the brain from constant contact and essential dependence on Internet interaction. In health care we use the internet to access patient records, analyze data, orient new employees, teach patients, provide in-service to staff, and communicate with colleagues. The Internet is used for every matter of business under the “health care sun” from accreditation to proposals of funding and research. We cannot escape the necessary use of the Internet. It has become a global phenomenon.
Public Policy
American Hospital Association
On May 29, eight national organizations representing health care, business and coverage providers, including the AHA, urged Congress to quickly establish a premium reduction/reinsurance program to lower premiums in the individual health insurance market. “The individual market is a critical source of coverage for millions of Americans, helping them to access care,” the organizations said in a letter to congressional leaders.
Members in the News
Houston Chronicle
Using the banner, “4 Million Reasons to Celebrate,” the American Nurses Association took time out during National Nurses Week, May 6-12, to recognize nurses across the country. Each year for the past two decades, the Houston Chronicle has joined in this celebration with its annual Salute to Nurses, selecting 15 nurses from around the city who have been nominated by their peers, patients, physicians, administrators, family and/or friends for their outstanding contributions to the profession.
Healthcare Industry
By Raj Toleti, Becker's Hospital Review
Now more than ever, providers are communicating with patients outside the walls of the hospital and the physician's office. Emerging technologies enable healthcare professionals to reach patients on their digital devices — encouraging them to work regularly at improving their overall well-being and positively influencing their health outcomes. With these new patient engagement technologies, providers can deliver care to patients outside of traditional care settings, while at the same time bolstering quality, safety and patient satisfaction.
By Lily Miller, Daily Nurse
The estimated number of avoidable deaths in U.S. hospitals each year has dropped, according to updated analysis prepared for The Leapfrog Group by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine researchers. Matt Austin, PhD, an assistant professor in the school’s Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, and Jordan Derk, MPH, used the latest data from Leapfrog’s semiannual hospital safety grades to estimate that there are 161,250 such deaths each year, down from the 206,000 deaths they estimated three years prior, according to their report.
Modern Healthcare
Month after month, healthcare leads the nation in adding new jobs. From April 2018 to April 2019, the industry created 404,000 jobs. But a tight labor market puts employers in a tough spot. Robust compensation and benefit packages are no longer sufficient to keep employees from firing up their resumes. Organizations making this year’s list of Best Places to Work in Healthcare stand out in their efforts to create an empowered and satisfied workforce. They did so by nurturing a sense of loyalty and building engagement.