NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) is the leading nurse driven program designed to help hospitals improve the care of older adults. The vision of NICHE is for all patients 65-and-over to be given sensitive and exemplary care. The mission of NICHE is to provide principles and tools to stimulate a change in the culture of healthcare facilities to achieve patient-centered care for older adults. NICHE, based at the NYU College of Nursing and comprised of almost 450 hospitals and healthcare facilities throughout North America, engages hospitals and their affiliates in achieving and sustaining the NICHE designation. NICHE designation demonstrates a hospital's organizational commitment and continued progress in improving quality, enhancing the patient and family experience, and supporting the hospital's efforts to serve their communities.
Hear from our NICHE hospitals from across the country on gaining and sustaining support for their NICHE programs. The Campaign for NICHE: Making Quality Geriatric Care a Reality.
2013 Post Conference Site Now Live "Forging New Paths and Partnerships" was the theme of the 16th Annual NICHE Conference, which took place in Philadelphia, April 10-12, 2013. The conference attracted over 750 nurses and other healthcare professionals from more than 250 NICHE member and non-member U.S. and Canadian hospitals whose shared purpose is to improve the quality of care for hospitalized older adults. The attendance was the largest in the history of the conference. Conference topics included medication management, dementia, palliative care, patient transitions, and multidisciplinary approaches to improving the senior service.
Congratulations to the NICHE hospitals who renewed their designation in May 2013! Find out who they are and the steps they took to get there.
NICHE GIAP - French Language Version NICHE now offers a French language version of its Geriatric Institutional Assessment Profile (GIAP) to further support NICHE designated hospitals that have French-speaking staff. The GIAP, an important component of the LTP and evaluation process, is designed for use by NICHE designated sites in quantifying staff knowledge, attitudes, and perceptions in the care of older adult patients. The survey is easy to administer and provides invaluable data for targeting areas for improvement. The new French language version contains all the same elements as the English version.
New Navigation Launched In response to feedback from our users, we have updated the navigation on our website to reflect the steps involved in becoming a NICHE site. The enhanced and streamlined interface is intended to make it easier to use and understand the process of becoming a NICHE designated facility. We hope you enjoy it.
Geriatric Resource Nurse (GRN) Updated The GRN Core Curriculum (2nd Edition, 2012) is designed for use by NICHE members who educate nurses in best practices for older hospitalized adults. The updated online curriculum contains the latest evidence-based practice content, and is designed for easier access and navigation. The updated GRN is based on the 4th edition of "Evidence-Based Geriatric Nursing Protocols for Best Practice."
NICHE Launches Education Brief Series NICHE announces the launch of the NICHE Education Briefs, a series of in-service training modules that focus on clinical care issues and trends pertinent to the GRN and bedside caregiver's ability to provide evidence-based-care. The series is being developed by Cindy Nigolian, GCNS-BC, NICHE clinical administrator.
Take the Lead in the Care of Older Adults Register now for the Leadership Training Program (LTP). The LTP trains an interdisciplinary hospital team to begin the process of becoming leaders in the care of older adults and a NICHE designated hospital. The next six-week, online session starts June 10, 2013.
Upcoming Webinars: Register now for upcoming webinars in our "Solutions" and "Clinical Webinar" series.