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Excellence in Leadership Award
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Recognizing Exceptional Leadership

The Excellence in Leadership Award is awarded on an annual basis to an active TONL member who provides a mechanism for the interchange of ideas and dissemination of information regarding nursing practice and legislative issues. The recipient promotes education and other professional activities through serving as a role model and mentor as well as sharing their knowledge through presentations, seminars, publications, etc.

Eligibility: The nominee must be an active member in good standing of the Texas Organization of Nurse Executives (TONL) and must hold a nursing administrative position within their own organization.

Criteria: Please consider nominating a member who deserves honor for:

  • Providing a mechanism for the interchange of ideas and dissemination of information relative to nursing administration/management
  • Demonstrating collaboration with other nursing groups and/or community entities
  • Serving as a role model and mentor, promoting education and other professional activities dealing with nursing administration and current health care issues
  • Sharing knowledge and expertise through presentations, seminars, publications, etc

Selection Committee:The selection committee is comprised of TONL Board Members.

Presentation of the Award:The award is presented to the winning applicant during the Texas Hospital Association's Leadership Conference Awards Luncheon. Recognition will also be published in the TONL Newsletter and Website.

Nominations Opening in September 2020 for the Excellence in Leadership Award.

2019 Recipient

Dr. Paula Webb, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAONL

Associate Professor
Texas Tech Health Sciences Center School of Nursing

Dr. Paula Webb, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAONL is the Associate Professor at Teas Tech Health Sciences Center School of Nursing in Lubbock, Texas. Dr. Webb was recently honored for her contributions as a preeminent nursing leader through her induction as an inaugural Fellow for the American Organization for Nursing Leadership. She is an active volunteer board member of professional and community organizations and has led numerous initiatives to improve nursing practice and healthcare in Texas.

One of Dr. Webb’s greatest strengths is bringing diverse groups of people together for the interchange of ideas and the dissemination of information relevant to the most current issues that are impacting nursing and nursing administrations. Dr. Webb first obtained her distinction in nursing through her role as CNO and Vice President for Cook Children’s Hospital for 15 years. The strongest testament to Dr. Webb’s contributions is her advocacy for policies and issues that impact quality nursing practice and nursing education through her extensive involvement in professional organizations.

Dr. Webb currently serves on the Texas Board of Nursing’s “Nursing Education Task Force” and is the representative for the state on the “State and National Integrated Strategy Work Group” for the national Nurses on Boards Coalition.

For the past six years Dr. Webb has taught health policy at the doctoral level and through this work has guided many students to become actively engaged in promoting healthcare policy at the state and national level. Dr. Webb worked to achieve grant funding from Johnson & Johnson to develop the Care for the Caregiver following Traumatic Events: An educational self-help toolkit widely used through both TONL and TNA to educate nurses and support organizations dealing with traumatic events.

Under her leadership as President of TONL, Dr. Webb established an academic-practice collaborative in which nurse practice leaders from TONL and academic leaders from the Texas Deans and Directors organization come together for open dialog to address the many challenges these two disparate groups face, including improving patient safety and quality, advancing population health. And preparing new graduates for practice in our evolving healthcare systems. This collaborative has now expanded into a multi-organization partnership with the Texas Board of Nursing, Texas Nurse Practitioner Association, Texas Nurses Association and public health entities to collectively put on a summit this month entitled “The Future of Nursing in Texas: Stakeholders Moving Towards Alignment”. All of these accomplishments are possible because of her enthusiastic leadership and drive to advocate and support the nurses in Texas.