Benchmark & Evaluation




Effective June 2016 

We have instituted the following changes to redesign the NICHE Program Evaluation and Designation, and the GIAP Benchmarking services, so that they more closely align with your organization’s nursing quality improvement initiatives and standard health care industry practices.

NICHE™ DESIGNATION. No Membership Profile or Program Evaluation surveys will be distributed for the upcoming year –June 2016 to October 2017.


NICHE designated hospitals will maintain their current designation levels during this time.  Membership in the NICHE Program will continue in good standing upon receipt of annual dues.  Individual requests to upgrade NICHE program designation will be considered if it is critical to your entity.

Geriatric Institutional Assessment Profile (GIAP) Benchmarking Service.  The GIAP survey system and benchmarking service are closed for technology upgrades.  

Members interested in assessing staff nurse competencies in geriatric care are encouraged to use the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing Clinical Competencies (2012 version)    assessment tool.  The competency model can be accessed at the NYU Meyers, Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, ConsultGeri website.

For NICHE members that are also participating in the ANCC Magnet or Pathway to Excellence programs, and have recently completed a practice environment survey, we recommend that while the GIAP survey is under revision, that you use these data to identify nursing practice development opportunities to support excellence in nursing care and quality.