United Memorial Medical Center’s NICHE designation has been extended for 2014-2015 from the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing at New York University College of Nursing. The NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) network, of nearly 300 hospitals across the United States and Canada, allows organizations to share knowledge, experiences and best practices to improve elder care and to promote the role of patients and families in directing the care they receive.
In 2011 the first baby boomers turned 65. Improving geriatric nursing competencies is more important than ever as a large segment of our population becomes seniors. The NICHE program is designed to upgrade the quality of care for hospitalized older adults by increasing awareness of geriatric issues and implementation of hospital geriatrics protocols.
The process to achieve NICHE designation included participation in a leadership training program by three members of the nursing management team. The team identified clinical and operational priorities through a review of performance improvement and risk management data and developed and presented a NICHE action plan.
United Memorial’s participation in the NICHE program demonstrates commitment to providing quality care to a growing segment of our population that requires specialized nursing care and attention to unique needs.