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Planning and Implementation Guide

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  • An Introduction to NICHE

    Chapter One: An Introduction to NICHE – Provides an overview of the context of geriatric sensitive care for older adults within the acute care setting and the NICHE program.

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  • Developing a NICHE Action Plan

    Chapter Two: Developing a NICHE Action Plan:€“ Defines a shared vision for improving geriatric care, conducting an organizational assessment, building support, making a business case, selecting a pilot unit, and developing an action plan.

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  • Obtaining Financial Support Through Grants and Gifts

    Chapter Three: Obtaining Financial Support Through Grants and Gifts – describes categories and sources of funding, examples of Organizationss and funded projects, and helps you get started.

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  • The Geriatric Institutional Assessment Profile (GIAP) Guide

    Chapter Four: The Geriatric Institutional Assessment Profile (GIAP) Guide – Describes the GIAP instrument and all of the necessary steps for using the GIAP as the foundation in a comprehensive NICHE program.

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  • The NICHE Staff Development Guide

    Chapter Five: The NICHE Staff Development Guide – Outlines the content of education programs for hospital personnel, patient care associates, and the Geriatric Resource Nurse (GRN) role including the logistics of training, encouraging participation, and evaluation.

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  • The NICHE Guide: Geriatric Nursing Protocols for Best Practice

    Chapter Six: The NICHE Guide: Geriatric Nursing Protocols for Best Practice – Provides the empiric basis for evidence-based practice, activities for research activities, the basis for outcome/process measurement, protocol development, and implementation of protocols.

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  • The NICHE Guide: The Geriatric Resource Nurse (GRN) Model

    Chapter Seven: The NICHE Guide: The Geriatric Resource Nurse Model – Describes the Geriatric Resource Nurse (GRN) model including steps to plan, implement, evaluate, and sustain this key model for improving care of hospitalized older adults.

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  • The Acute Care of the Elderly (ACE) Model

    Chapter Eight: The NICHE Guide: The Acute Care for the Elderly (ACE) Model – An overview of the ACE model, critical elements for successful implementation, budget considerations, evaluation, and dissemination of ACE concepts throughout the hospital.

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  • Aligning NICHE and Magnet Initiatives

    Describes the need for improved care for older adults and why it makes sense to align NICHE and Magnet initiatives to achieve this.

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  • Discussion Forums

    The discussion forums provide a platform for you to interact with others involved in the NICHE designation process, other NICHE sites, and NICHE experts. On these discussion forums, you have the opportunity to exchange ideas, pose questions, identify needs, and enhance your mutual understanding and knowledge.

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