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 and comprised of 500 hospitals and healthcare facilities throughout North America, engages hospitals and their affiliates in achieving and sustaining the NICHE designation. NICHE designation demonstrates a hospital's organizational commitment and continued progress in improving quality, enhancing the patient and family experience, and supporting the hospital's efforts to serve their communities.

NICHE provides the principles, resources, and tools to stimulate a change in the culture of healthcare facilities and achieve patient-centered care for older adult patients. It is affordable and comprehensive, and benefits hospitals 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 with:

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

  • Project management support/mentoring for NICHE-based hospital initiatives

  • Evidence-based clinical protocols that address “never events,” Joint Commission compliance and other regulatory imperatives

  • Geriatric Institutional Assessment Profile (GIAP) 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 from across the country on gaining and sustaining support for their NICHE programs. The Campaign for NICHE: Making Quality Geriatric Care a Reality.