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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 2019 for the Excellence in Leadership Award.

2018 Recipient

Gerald W. Bryant, DNP, RN

Regional Chief Nursing Officer
Baylor Scott & White Medical Center and Clinics — Temple

This year, the Texas Organization of Nurse Executives is proud to present the TONE Excellence in Leadership Award to Gerald W. Bryant, DNP, RN. Bryant serves as the regional chief nursing officer at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center and Clinics — Temple, Baylor Scott & White Continuing Care Hospital and McLane Children’s Baylor Scott & White

Bryant has more than 15 years of operational and clinical senior executive leadership experience in acute care hospitals and ambulatory networks with more than 30 years of progressive leadership experience. Among his many career accomplishments, he developed the first nursing strategic plan to drive clinical and operational outcomes with a goal of magnet designation and introduced shared governance as a means of driving nursing professional practice environment improvement.

He earned a doctorate in nursing practice, executive leadership from Texas Tech University Health Science Center, Lubbock, TX, a master’s in nursing administration degree from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, LA and a bachelor’s in nursing.



Past recipients of the TONE Excellence In Leadership Award