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TONE Evidence Based Practice (EBP) Implementation Grant!

TONE is offering one $1500 EBP Implementation Grant available to TONE members.

The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of research goals and financial need.

To qualify, an applicant must meet the criteria below:
  • Applicant must demonstrate community service involvement.
  • Applicant must submit one recommendation by nursing faculty or nurse leader within applicant's organization.
  • Applicant must submit the Proposal Application in the format designated.
  • Grant recipients must agree to submit annual progress reports by December 31st of each year the project in in progress as well as a final report within 90 days of completion.  Guidelines for submission of these reported will be provided to the grant recipient.  The final report guidelines request a summary of results and abstract suitable for posting online in the TONE Newsletter and the TONE Website to promote dissemination of findings.  Results may also be distributed via email to TONE Members.  
  • Applicants are only eligible to receive a maximum of one grant per year. Grants are awarded for one year at a time. You may apply multiple years, but you must reapply. Grants do not automatically renew.


All applications must be submitted using TONE Online Grant Application Form (linked below). ONLY grant applications submitted electronically will be accepted.

You will be asked to please submit a proposal at the end of the question and answer section.  Click here for the details of the proposal submission.   

If you have any questions or need additional information please notify: Dr. AJ Stephens, DNP, MBA/HCA, RN-BC, CMSRN, NEA-BC, Chair, TONE Scholarship Committee at

The deadline for completed applications is WEDNESDAY, November 8, 2018. Apply today!

2018 Recipients

Shelly Brown - pic Shelley Brown-Cleere, MSN, RN

Shelley Brown-Cleere, MSN, RN received her undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee, and her Master of Science in Nursing – Health Care Systems Management from Loyola University New Orleans, New Orleans Louisiana. She also holds an Advanced Heath Care Leadership Certificate from UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas. Shelley is a veteran nurse and has served in a variety of leadership positions. She has served in her current position as Director of Neuroscience Services for UT Southwestern Medical Center since 2006 and is responsible for clinical operations of the neuroscience program. She is a member of American Nurse Association, Texas Nurse Association, American Association of Neuroscience Nurses, Association for Rehabilitation Nurses, and Sigma Theta Tau National Honor Society.


Jessica Wiles - pic Jessica Wiles

I decided to pursue my DNP degree because of the need to bring evidence-based practice to the bedside. My hope is that in obtaining my DNP, I will be able to utilize the knowledge and skills I learn through this program to help others become more confident in critiquing evidence and have the confidence to implement changes that would benefit their patients. I want others to look to me and think, “Jessica can do it, surely I can too!”

I love mentoring and inspiring others to accomplish things they never thought possible and seeing them grow. Through the didactic classes and capstone courses I have taken so far, I have already experienced growth and begun to think differently as a leader and nurse. I am excited about upcoming opportunities and cannot wait to see the benefits our patients will experience as we collaborate with other disciplines and implement quality improvement projects.

I am currently working on a project to reduce noise levels on an inpatient Medical Surgical/Oncology Unit at night. Funds from this grant will enable the purchase of dosimeter devices that log continuous decibel readings and provide visual cues to staff regarding the noise level. It will be interesting to determine what impact this multi-faceted program has on patient satisfaction regarding quietness at night.