TONE Monthly
October 2019
TONE News & Updates
Hear from AONL President Mary Beth Kingston regarding the partnership between this national organization and TONE, as well as their advocacy work in Washington, D.C., and beyond.

I'm sure many of us see children and teens so focused on phone communication that they tune out the rest of the world, oblivious to the people in their surroundings. It is certainly an issue of the current generation. Sometimes, however, what we see in children and teens may be a direct reflection of what we are doing, what they see in us.

Leadership and management, what we do, is a people business. Although not always possible, the greatest impact and influence we can have happens "live" and in person. The monkey business in the cartoon is a good reminder that we need to be as  aware of those in our environment as we are aware of those we reach through the Internet.

The topic of resiliency for nurses and nurse leaders is prevalent in the literature these days. The need for personal and professional resilience has never been greater. The healthcare arena continues to be more complex with adversity and disruptive change the tune of the day.
American Sentinel University
Texas tops the list of states with the highest uninsured rates in 2018.
1. Texas: 17.7%
2. Oklahoma: 14.2%
3. Georgia: 13.7%
4. Florida: 13%
5. Alaska: 12.6%
6. Mississippi: 12.1%
7. Nevada: 11.2%
8. Idaho: 11.1%
9. North Carolina: 10.7%
10. Arizona: 10.6%
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Nursing Leadership
By Julia Quinn-Szcesuil, Minority Nurse
As a minority nurse, you know diversity and inclusion means much more than what the people in your organization look like and where they have come from. Diversity and inclusion is absolutely focused on creating a nursing workforce that more closely mirrors the different populations in a given area. But diversity and inclusion also means more because the culture of a workplace needs to feel comfortable to the people who work there.
By Jennifer Thew, RN, Health Leaders Media
On the surface, the settings and locations where nurse executives work may seem vastly different—rural versus urban, safety-net hospitals versus academic facilities, large multi-state health systems versus stand-alone independent hospitals, acute care versus the ambulatory setting to name some. Yet, regardless of these differences, nurse leaders across the nation face many of the same challenges and concerns.
By Lisette Hilton,
Nursing informatics is a popular career path for nurses. But even if you don’t pursue a nursing informatics career - including those of you who think you know nothing at all about computers - you should understand how informatics impacts nurses and patients. From data to knowledge to patient care, the essential elements of the American Nurses Association’s definition of nursing informatics deal with the concepts of taking data and bringing it together in meaningful ways.
By John Couris, Becker's Hospital Review
Building a thriving culture takes a great deal of dedication and motivation. But it isn't all about being the first and being the best. The deployment of soft skills - like building interpersonal relationships, mentoring, transparency and kindness - go a long way in fulfilling our mission and maintaining the bottom line. Of these soft skills, one especially stands out: kindness.
Practice and Patient Care
By Jonathan V. Llamas, DNP, RN-BC, PMHNP, PHN, Minority Nurse
The art of de-escalation is an invaluable tool developed primarily to defuse hostile individuals and situations. In its original usage, the concept of de-escalation implies the existence of both verbal and non-verbal skills and techniques which, if used selectively and appropriately, may reduce the level of an aggressor’s hostility and emotional reactivity.
By Jim Hewett, Becker's Hospital Review
Engaged patients are more satisfied patients who live healthier lives. That being said, the health care industry is discovering many new possibilities when it comes to improving patient engagement, especially involving mobile-first technology. These are some trends in patient engagement technologies and telehealth to better understand population health management systems.
By Megan Headley, Health Leaders Media
By 2030, every one of the 78 million baby boomers will be over 65, reports the U.S. Census Bureau, a figure that will exceed the number of children for the first time in history. These are staggering statistics, and to effectively care for all these aging adults, providers must implement solutions today. While healthcare providers are aware of these statistics, and many health systems are already hitting upon effective solutions to care for older adults, there's an overall lack of consistency in how systems approach this challenge.
Education and Events
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Public Policy
By Maia Anderson, Becker's Hospital Review
The FDA released a set of newly proposed guidelines that e-cigarette makers must meet to sell their products, according to STAT. In a 300-plus page draft policy released Sept. 20, the FDA outlined the information it will require e-cigarette makers to submit to make sure their products are "appropriate for the protection of public health." The required information includes studies on the health effects of a product's vapor, health risks of the product compared to other tobacco products and how likely a product is to affect people who don't already use tobacco.
Members in the News
From UT Southwestern Medical Center
It's not every day two people in a family have the same job. Imagine having six. That’s the reality for UT Southwestern’s Susan Huckaby. Serving others as Registered Nurses is a passion for the Huckaby household.
Healthcare Industry
By Mackenzie Garrity, Becker's Hospital Review
With the addition of blockchain technology, patients can get more control over their health records, Digital Treasury CEO Jacob Lee told the Digital Times. If medical records are stored and managed on blockchain platforms, patients can determine to whom and when they want to give decrypted access of their record, Mr. Lee said. For example, patients can decrypt their data for health counselors, health insurance firms or new physicians.
By Alexandra Wilson Pecci, Health Leaders Media
Nearly half of patients said having clear information on expected out-of-pocket costs before receiving treatment impacts their decision to use a healthcare provider. And nearly two-thirds of patients (65%) said they'd be more willing to make at least a partial payment if they got an estimate at the time of their healthcare service, according to a new survey of patients from TransUnion Healthcare.