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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 TONE 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 (TONE) 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 TONE 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 TONE Newsletter and Website.


Nominations Opening in September for the 2018 Excellence in Leadership Award.

2017 Recipient

Rebecca B. Hunter, DNP, RN, NEA-BC

Chief Operating Officer and Chief Nursing Officer
Baylor Scott & White Medical Center - Irving

Dr. Becky Hunter is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Irving, in Irving, TX.

Dr. Hunter has 13 years of combined experience as a Chief Nursing Office and over 25 years of experience in hospital leadership. She has also served as adjunct faculty in the DNP program at Rush University in Chicago, ILL. Her clinical area of expertise is women’s health.

Becky earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice, Executive Leadership from Rush University in Chicago, a Master of Science in Nursing degree from West Texas A&M University, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from West Texas State University in Canyon, TX and her Nursing Diploma from Northwest Texas Hospital School of Nursing in Amarillo, TX. In addition, Becky is a board certified Nurse Executive Advanced, ANCC.

Becky is an active member of Texas Nurses Association/ANA, Texas Organization of Nurse Executives, AONE, and Texas Team. Becky currently co-chairs the Texas Team Advancing Practice Committee.



Past recipients of the TONE Excellence In Leadership Award