TONE Monthly
November 2019
TONE News & Updates
By Valerie Kiper, DNP, MSN, RN, NEA-BC; Assistant Professor TTUHSC School Nursing
 
Creating safe care environments requires nurse leaders to “listen and learn,” and involve employees in decision making. Nurse leaders must forge cooperative relationships, while anticipating and embracing change, to improve patient safety and care quality.
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By Jennifer Thew, RN, HealthLeadersMedia
 
Does your healthcare organization's leadership team represent the diversity of your organization and surrounding community? Not likely. According to the Institute for Diversity and Health Equity's 2015 benchmarking study, Diversity and Disparities: A Benchmarking Study of U.S. Hospitals in 2015, "minorities comprise only 14% of hospital board members, 11% of executive leadership positions, and 19% of first- and mid-level managers."
By Kelly Gooch, Becker's Hospital Review
 
As hospital and health system leaders evolve in their role, they often pick up new habits that stick with them. Becker's Hospital Review asked some of these leaders to share a leadership habit they've developed in 2019 and why it is important to them.
By Heather Stringer, Nurse.com
 
They believe nurses will play a pivotal role in reducing health disparities. Tackling this problem is critical if nurses hope to improve the health and well-being of the U.S. population, said Susan Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN, National Academy of Medicine (NAM) scholar-in-residence and nursing adviser to the NAM president.
By Jennifer Thew, RN, HealthLeadersMedia
 
Reshaping healthcare delivery means reshaping nursing leadership. Enter the chief nursing optimization officer role. Betty Jo Rocchio, MS, BSN, CRNA, CENP, chief nursing optimization officer at Mercy in St. Louis has long been ahead of the curve when it comes to the nursing profession.
Practice and Patient Care
By Gabrielle Masson, Becker's Hospital Review
 
The top five safety risks in ambulatory care are diagnostic testing errors, medication safety events, falls, HIPAA violations and security incidents, according to a new ECRI Institute analysis. Plymouth Meeting, Pa.-based ECRI Institute, a non-profit patient safety organization, reviewed 4,355 events reported by ambulatory care centers, community health centers and physician practices between December 2017 and November 2018.
By HealthLeadersMedia Staff
 
Almost 54 million people – or 27% of all adults under 65 —have pre-existing conditions that would have made them uninsurable in the individual markets that existed in most states before the Affordable Care Act, an updated analysis by Kaiser Family Foundation shows.
By Jebra Turner, Minority Nurse
 
Nurses, like other health care professionals, have been hearing the buzz about mindfulness. Perhaps you’re wondering what the term actually means, and whether it’s been proven effective in treating patients and those who want to be proactive in warding off illness and disease.
Education and Events
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Public Policy
By Janice Phillips, PhD, FAAN, RN, Minority Nurse
 
Presidential candidates are gearing up for the 2020 presidential election and are sharing their platforms and agendas for creating a stronger and more prosperous nation. Presidential hopefuls have identified a number of proposals focused on ensuring access to health care.
Members in the News
From the Sealy News
 
Vizient announced that four Houston Methodist hospitals have received a 2019 Vizient Bernard A. Birnbaum, M.D., Quality Leadership Award. Houston Methodist was the only hospital system in the country to receive four awards. The award recognizes hospitals for demonstrating excellence in delivering superior quality and safety as measured by the Vizient Quality and Accountability Study, which has been conducted annually since 2005.
Healthcare Industry
By Andrea Park, Becker's Hospital Review
 
Though the total amount of venture capital investment in digital health is on track to reach an all-time high in 2019, that investment is spread across what is projected to be the lowest number of deals in years, according to a new Silicon Valley Bank report. Following a record-setting first half of 2019, which boasted $5.6 billion in global health tech investment across 244 deals, the second half is expected to end with investments of $2.3 billion over just 105 deals.
By Catherine Burger, MSOL, BSN, RN, Minority Nurse
 
You may have heard the term moral injury more frequently these days than ever before. Between the TEDx talks, the YouTube rants, and the LinkedIn articles, moral injury is being compared to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms and is heading to replace one of our favorite words in the nursing world: burnout. However, there is a growing movement that believes that moral injury is the root-cause of burnout and PTSD. In other words, if burnout or emotional exhaustion is organ failure, moral injury is sepsis.