The Texas Organization of Nurse Executives (TONE) Conference truly met up to its theme of Nurse Leaders Charting the Future, and Decision Critical was proud to be a sponsor of this year’s event.
Rich Bluni, RN, was the keynote speaker for the 2011 conference. He set the tone for the day with a truly motivational presentation which served to rekindle the passion which brought us to choose nursing as our profession. The best presenters have a way of effectively connecting together what we find to be most important in our lives to the topic at hand. In this case, urging us to call to mind the things we are most thankful for. The next time you see the illusive yellow car out there, take a minute to consider yours.
Dr. Terri Jones from the University of Texas at Austin reminds us about the different perceptions of time. She challenged us to question the “it has always be thus” mode of scheduling our lives. Instead, she suggest using time to our advantage rather than allowing it to control us.
A panel of speakers including Dr. Mari Tieze, Dr. Susan McBride and, Marybeth Mitchell provided insights into informatics initiatives taking place at both the national and state level. They shared with the group the vast array of opportunities in the informatics field but also cautioned us a nurse leaders that if we are not actively involved in the implementation of leading technology, then it will be the constituents in the healthcare provision team who will make the decisions for us.
The day wrapped up with a presentation by Dr. Beth Ulrich on graduate nurse residency programs. Dr Ulrich shared the benefits of nurse residencies in decreasing new hire turnover and disclosed some of the associated costs which must be considered. Further, she shared with group the support which has been lent to residencies through the National Council of State Boards of Nursing and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
It was a great opportunity to network with close to 200 of my nursing colleagues from around the state and to catch up with old friends from the TONE Board like Cole Edmonson and Bob Dent.
It is exciting to know that the work we are doing at Decision Critical in the area of competency management is aligned with the future that the profession is charting for themselves. The conference energized us with a renewed passion for the field of nursing. Decision Critical will definitely be in attendance next year and continue to support TONE as if moves forward Charting the Future of Nursing.