Membership Benefits

With the aging of baby boomers, improving geriatric nursing competencies is more important than ever. The NICHE program is designed to upgrade the quality of care for older adult patients by increasing awareness of geriatric issues, improving staff competence in nursing care of the elderly, and supporting the implementation of hospital geriatric protocols.

NICHE provides an extensive array of resources and tools that guide, support, and educate healthcare professionals and facilities throughout the process of achieving NICHE designation.

Achieving NICHE Designation signals your organization’s dedication to improve the care of older adult patients. Upon gaining designation your hospital will receive access to many resources and tools to help you implement your NICHE Program, and achieve and sustain higher quality care for older adult patients.

NICHE Membership includes:

  • Robust, members-only, online NICHE Knowledge Center access — houses an abundance of tools and resources.
  • Live and recorded NICHE Online Connect Webinars featuring the latest research, best
    practices, and innovations for improving clinical outcomes (CE credits).
  • NICHE Media Kit to market your program including templates, samples, and logos.
  • Participation in a thriving online community to collaborate and learn from peers in NICHE hospitals and other healthcare organizations around the country.
  • Updates on information, workshops, and activities of interest to NICHE members.
  • Discounted rates to the Annual NICHE Conference (conference attendance includes continuing education credits).
  • Coordinator Corner solicits feedback about the resources and tools you need in your role as a NICHE Site Coordinator.

Designation Process:

  • Step 1: Plan for Leadership Training Program

    Choose your steering committee for the Leadership Training Program:

    • Select a minimum of three participants including:
      -Nurse Clinical Leader
      -Clinical Educator
      -Quality Manager
      Recommended additions to steer the initiative include direct care staff and other disciplines (medical, rehab, social work, pharmacy, etc.).
    • Prepare budget for administrative approval.
  • Step 2: Customize the “Introduction to NICHE” PowerPoint Presentation

    Use this presentation to engage the support of additional stakeholders and expand your steering committee.

    Two versions available to download (United States and Canada):

    Download | US

    Download | CA

  • Step 3: Register for the Leadership Training Program

    The Leadership Training Program is a blended learning approach where participants engage in a rigorous six-week program delivered via an online platform and facilitated by the NICHE team.


  • Step 4: Prepare for your Leadership Training Program Session

    The Leadership Training Program steering committee should review the following and consider alignment with a NICHE initiative:

    • Organization’s mission statement
    • Strategic plan
    • Other hospital or health system programs (considering the possibility for shared resources and synergistic goals)
    • Organizational strengths and barriers relative to geriatric initiatives, and to change in general
    • Clinical and operational priorities through a review of performance improvement and risk management data (including clinical, financial, and organizational measures, satisfaction surveys, and process measures)
  • Step 5: Participate in Online Learning

    The designated NICHE coordinator at each hospital will receive tools to plan and prepare how the course will be delivered over the six-week period. All the tools and resources are provided to participants.

  • Step 6: Develop and Submit Action Plan

    Develop and submit your NICHE Action Plan during the last phase of the Leadership Training Program. The following criteria is used to determine NICHE designation:

    • Feasibility of plan implementation
    • Demonstrated administrative commitment
    • Description of rationale for measures
    • Consideration of contextual factors (characteristics of patient population, regulations, reimbursement, and human resource issues)
  • Step 7: Pay Annual Fee

    The cost of the Leadership Training Program for new sites is $4,950 per hospital, which covers the cost of the three initial participants and all program materials. Additional participants are $350 each. Existing NICHE sites can train additional staff members at a price of $1,650 each. Lower prices are available for small and critical access hospitals.

  • Step 8: Renew Designation Annually

    The annual designation renewal process consists of:

    • Program Status Report
    • Program Evaluation
    • Annual Fee payment

    Review the Recommitment Process