Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE)
The "Solutions" Series is designed to provide the NICHE (Nurses Improving Healthsystem Care for Elders) community and other interested audiences with the latest "success stories" related to elder care. The stories are based on the successful application of best practice solutions related to NICHE Clinical Improvement Models and other NICHE resources. Some of the success stories include ways to best care for geriatric surgical patients, methods to avoid medication errors, rapid response for dementia and behavioral issues, reducing delirium, and many others.
A program of the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing at New York University College of Nursing, the goal of NICHE is to achieve systematic nursing change that will benefit hospitalized older patients. 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 is unlike other programs in that it does not prescribe how institutions should modify geriatric care; rather, it provides the materials and services necessary to stimulate and support the planning and implementation process.
The focus of NICHE is on programs and protocols that are dominantly under the control of nursing practice; in other words, areas where nursing interventions have a substantive and positive impact on patient care.
For more information, visit http://nicheprogram.org/.