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  • Clinical Improvement Model

    NICHE Clinical Improvement Models provide a road map to system-level adoption of clinical best practices. A series of modules guides hospitals in the research, planning, implementation and evaluation phases of “best-fit” models. Modules are authored by experts in the field and supplemented by materials and expertise from experienced NICHE sites. The modules consist of an overview and programs to reduce restraint use, prevent pressure ulcers and reduce risk of fall-related injuries.

  • Annual Conference

    The annual NICHE Conference is a three-day event highlighting evidence-based innovations, research, and networking opportunities. The goal is to provide support to hospitals and other health care organizations in meeting the most critical challenge of our times – quality care of older adults. The conferences include keynotes, panel presentations and poster presentations from geriatrics experts and at-the-forefront NICHE programs addressing a wide range of topics.

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  • Discussion Forums

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

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  • Education Briefs

    The NICHE Education Briefs are concise PowerPoint in-services that focus on clinical care issues and trends pertinent to the Geriatric Resource Nurse (GRN) and bedside caregiver’s ability to provide evidence-based care. The Education Brief series was created at the request of NICHE coordinators, who drive the implementation of NICHE concepts and models of care for older adult patients at their respective hospitals.

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  • Geriatric Institutional Assessment Profile (GIAP)

    The Geriatric Institutional Assessment Profile (GIAP) was developed by NICHE for use by its designated sites. The GIAP, an important component of the Leadership Training Program (LTP) and evaluation process, enables hospitals to quantify staff knowledge, attitudes and perceptions in the care of geriatric patients and assess their institutional readiness to provide quality care of older adult patients.

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  • Introduction to Gerontology

    The Introduction to Gerontology (2nd Edition, 2012) course is designed to increase hospital personnel’s sensitivity to the aging process, improve the recognition of age-related changes in older adult patients, and enhance communication skills with older adult patients and their families.

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  • Leadership Training Program

    The Leadership Training Program (LTP) provides an interdisciplinary hospital team with the tools and resources to begin the process of increasing the quality of care for older adult patients at their facility and achieving NICHE designation. The LTP is a blended learning approach where participants engage in a rigorous six-week program delivered via a web-based platform and facilitated by the NICHE team, including mentors who currently lead or have led NICHE programs in their hospitals. The program includes conference calls, on-demand access to tools, benchmarking, and guides for implementation.

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  • Need to Know

    The Need to Know by NICHE series empowers patients and families by providing information and guidance which will help them navigate the hospital journey from admission to discharge and afterwards.

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  • Planning & Implementation Guide

    The NICHE Planning & Implementation Guide provides the most current content for full implementation of NICHE in an acute care setting. Written and updated by experienced professionals from NICHE sites, NICHE faculty and other experts, this key document details a variety of approaches for adaptation of NICHE models to individual hospital needs and circumstances.

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  • Evidence-Based Geriatric Nursing Protocols for Best Practice Book

    The NICHE Evidence-Based Geriatric Nursing Protocols for Best Practice Book addresses “best practices” and evidence-based approaches for acute care of older adult patients as developed by nursing experts around the country. The fourth edition includes 17 revised and updated chapters and five new topics addressing transitional care, acute care models, mistreatment detection and catheter-associated infections (4th Edition, 2012). New York: Springer Publishing.

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  • Media Kit & Marketing Resources

    NICHE offers a number of tools to assist in marketing and outreach related to the NICHE mission. The Media Kit contains a variety of high profile marketing materials for use by NICHE hospitals in communicating the geriatric care quality message to both internal and external audiences…hospital staff and decision-makers, patient families, patients, the local community and skilled nursing facilities.

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  • Program Evaluation

    The NICHE Annual Program Evaluation is a self-assessment of a NICHE hospital’s ability to achieve excellence in care of the older adult patient. It is used by hospitals to determine the level of their NICHE program. The evaluation benchmarks program progress year-to-year, targets future care initiatives, and provides data to use in gaining and sustaining support from institution stakeholders. Hospitals achieve one of four levels depending on the progress of their program: Exemplar (the highest level), Senior Friendly, Progressive, and Early Implementation.

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  • Performance Measures

    Unit Performance Measures include both clinical data and nurse staffing data. These results are triangulated with Geriatric Institutional Assessment Profile (GIAP) and other site-specific data

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  • Recommitment

    The NICHE Recommitment process consists of three sections: Annual Membership Profile, Annual Program Self-Evaluation, and Annual Fee payment. Continued NICHE designation requires that sites participate in the annual recommitment process.

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  • Geriatric Resource Nurse (GRN)

    The Geriatric Resource Nurse (GRN) Core Curriculum (2nd edition 2012) is designed for use by NICHE members who educate nurses in best practices for older hospitalized adults. The online curriculum contains the latest evidence-based practice content, and is designed for easy access and navigation. The GRN is based on the book Evidence-Based Geriatric Nursing Protocols for Best Practice.

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  • Critical Care Nursing of Older Adult

    The educational series, Critical Care Nursing of Older Adults, provides evidence-based guidelines for nurse clinicians working with older adults in critical care, step-down-units, and trauma and emergency departments. NICHE created the course in response to the fact that older adults overwhelmingly represent the majority of patients receiving critical care worldwide. Content is based on the book, Critical Care Nursing of Older Adults Best Practices (3rd ed.), edited by M. D. Foreman, K. Milisen, and T. Fulmer (published by Springer Publishing Company, 2010). Marie Boltz, PhD, GNP, BC, is the editor of the course. Julie Davey, MSN, RN, APRN, BC, served as consultant.

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  • Geriatric Patient Care Associate (GPCA)

    The Geriatric Patient Care Associate (GPCA) curriculum (2nd Edition) is a web-based course that supports the role of the patient care associate/patient care technician in providing best practice care to older adult hospital patients. The seven GPCA course modules address issues relevant to the healthcare worker who plays a pivotal role in the older adult’s recovery and comfort. In addition to these modules, the content is also provided in instructor led PowerPoints.

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  • Nursing Care of the Older Adult with Cancer

    The educational series, Nursing Care of the Older Adult with Cancer, provides the nurse clinician with practical information regarding the complexities and special considerations associated with caring for older adults with cancer in all practice settings. The content was derived from the book, An Evidence-Based Approach to the Treatment and Care of the Older Adult with Cancer, edited by Diane Cope, PhD, ARNP, BC, AOCNP, and Anne Reb, MSN, NP (published by the Oncology Nursing Society, 2008). This course is based upon original content that was revised in 2011. The six modules address: cancer demographics in older adults, age-related changes and cancer, nursing considerations related to radiation and chemotherapy, symptom management, and psychosocial issues. Editor: Diane G. Cope, PhD, ARNP, BC, AOCNP. Associate Editor: Marie Boltz, PhD, GNP, BC.

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  • Hospital Reports

    The NICHE Hospitals Reports are published to highlight the positive outcomes and innovative initiatives developed and implemented in NICHE designated facilities for the improvement of care of older adults.

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  • A Crosswalk: Joint Commission Standards and NICHE Resources

    The Crosswalk: Joint Commission Standards and NICHE Resources document details how NICHE resources comply with the Joint Commission Standards in terms of care of the older adult patient. The crosswalk aligns the Joint Commission categories with NICHE Principles, and matches each of the Joint Commission standards with NICHE standards, and lists and links all the relevant tools and resources in the NICHE Knowledge Center that can help you achieve/work toward those standards.

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  • Organizational Strategies

    NICHE Organizational Strategies are a series of web-based toolkits that provide comprehensive guidance in the development of key initiatives within hospital organizations that ensure continuing improvement in the care of older adults and sustained geriatric program growth.

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  • Patient+Family App

    The NICHE for Patient+Family Mobile App helps prepare older adult patients and their caregivers for the realities of hospitalization and transitions between home, hospitals, and nursing homes.

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  • Patient+Family Encyclopedia

    The NICHE for Patient+Family Encyclopedia is a powerful online resource for older adult patients and their families/caregivers. This wide-ranging reference tool defines topics and informs consumers on a variety of healthcare issues. Geriatric syndromes, healthcare topics, and everything else you need to know are organized in the following categories: Facilities, Safety, Support, The Basics, The Body, and The Mind.

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  • Solutions Series

    The NICHE Solutions Series is designed to provide the NICHE community and other interested healthcare professionals with the latest “success stories” associated with care of older adult hospital patients. The Solutions are based on successful hospital initiatives using best practices related to the NICHE Geriatric Resource Nurse curriculum, Clinical Improvement Models and other NICHE resources.

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  • Online Connect Webinars

    NICHE Online Connect Webinars focus on new, collaborative approaches for practice innovations and other timely topics promoting better outcomes for older adult patients. The webinars are presented by various healthcare professionals working at NICHE Hospitals. They are often based on requested topics from past participants and are intended for practitioners interested in new ways to enhance practice improvement outcomes. Each webinar provides 1.0 contact hour. The webinars are open to NICHE and non-NICHE healthcare professionals

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