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2010 and Beyond

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  • The TONE website was launched
  • TONE in collaboration with HONE presented an educational conference in Houston with approximately 390 people attending. 

The 1990s

  • TONE continued to have representation on the BNE committees of Advanced Practitioners and Continuing Education Advisory. 
  • TONE also participated in the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Boards' Committee on Nursing Education.
  • TONE’s mission statement was incorporated into the organization’s strategy and operations.
  • THA developed a Blue Ribbon Task Force on Nursing Shortage to address policy issues relating to manpower shortages. 
  • TONE had position papers on the following: BSN vs. Associate Degree Nursing, Continuing Education, and Continuous Quality Improvement
  • TONE published its first regularly scheduled newsletter. 
  • TONE worked closely with the COPD in developing advocacy initiatives. 
  • In 1994, TONE began a membership restructure that involved building the relationship with TNA, updating TONE’s image, and expanding the membership parameters to be up to date with the expanding nursing leadership roles.
  • TONE recognized the Panhandle Organization of Nurse Executives as a chapter. 
  • Towards the end of the 90's the TONE board decided to host a Golf Tournament which was held in El Paso, Texas that later became an annual event.

The 1980s

  • Membership grew to over 400 industry professionals.
  • Workshops were held were specifically geared to meet current problems and issues in nursing administration.  They included topics such as Patient Classification Systems, Motivation and Retention, Integration and Retention of Professional New Graduates. 
  • Testimony was provided at the BNE meeting and members served on committees concerning proposed rules on Delegation of Tasks by RN's to Unlicensed Personnel, the Nurse Advocacy Committee, the Committee on Competencies for the Two Levels of Nursing Practice, and Education Planning meetings with the Councils of Deans and Directors of Nursing Schools in Texas. 
  • It was during this time that the Nursing Administrators set the "tone" for the hospitals major commitment to quality patient care, so had the TSHNSA members who supported a name change of the Society to Texas Organization of Nurse Executives - TONE. 
  • In the late 1980's, COHN (Committee on Hospital Nursing) Task Force on Education was initiated, as a result of concerns from the TNA developments on competencies of the two levels of nursing.  

The 1970s

  • A special committee was established to study Trends in Nursing and to function as a sub-committee for the Study of Nursing and Nursing Education. 
  • In 1973, TSHNSA was the largest of the Texas Hospital Associations' affiliate societies and continued to grow with a membership of 273. 
  •  In 1974, communication with the Council of Deans and Directors of Schools for Nursing for the State of Texas was established. 
  • The Liaison Committee of the TSHNSA Committee of Education with the Council of Deans and Directors met twice in 1975.  The basic objectives of this committee were to establish continuing dialogue with nursing educators and nursing service administrators.
  • A Survey to Assess Performance of New Graduates from RN Educational Programs was reviewed. 
  • A member of the Board was appointed to the Board of Nurse Examiners to develop a working paper on proposed standards for nursing practice. 
  • In the late 1970's the Society assisted the Steering Committee for formation of the Oklahoma Society of Nursing Service Administrators at their invitation. 
  • The Board reviewed proposed JCAHO standards for Nursing Service and recommended changes.  The new standards were approved by JCAHO with TSHNSA's recommendations incorporated.

The 1960s

  • The Texas Society for Hospital Nursing Service Administrators was first organized on September 27, 1968. 
  • The first Board Meeting of the newly organized society was held on November 12, 1968.  By this time, 162 charter memberships had been processed. 
  • The Board of Directors set the Society's annual meeting date during the Annual Convention of the Texas Hospital Association, with the first annual meeting scheduled for May 20-21, 1969, in Dallas.