The NICHE Program

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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 NYU College of Nursing has over 575 hospitals and healthcare facilities in 46 states, Canada, Bermuda, and Singapore. NICHE designation demonstrates a hospital or affiliate's organizational commitment and continued progress in improving quality, enhancing the patient and family experience, and supporting the hospital or other healthcare organization's efforts to serve its communities.

The NICHE program is affordable and comprehensive, and benefits hospitals and other healthcare organizations in a number of ways:

  • Improved clinical outcomes

  • Positive fiscal results

  • Enhanced nursing competencies

  • Community recognition

  • Greater patient, family, and staff satisfaction

NICHE provides hospitals and other healthcare organizations with:

  • State of the art training, tools, and resources, including an interactive 24/7 eLearning center

  • Project management support/mentoring for NICHE based hospital initiatives and elder care services

  • Evidence based clinical protocols that address Joint Commission compliance and other regulatory imperatives

  • Geriatric Institutional Assessment Profile (GIAP) benchmarking tool

  • Shared information, knowledge, and expertise

For the costs and benefits of a NICHE membership, please see our NICHE Value Estimate.

Hear from our NICHE hospitals and other heathcare organizations from across the country on gaining and sustaining support for their NICHE programs. The Campaign for NICHE: Making Quality Geriatric Care a Reality.