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14th Annual Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders Conference to Convene in Las Vegas, Nevada, April 6-11, 2011

November 8, 2010

“On the Front Line of Change” Conference Will Focus on NICHE Hospital Innovations in the Care of Older Adult Patients

More than 400 nurses and healthcare professionals from over 100 hospitals will gather in Las Vegas, Nevada for the 14th annual NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) Conference, April 6-8, 2011 at Caesars Palace. The theme of this year's conference is “On the Front Line of Change!”

The annual NICHE Conferences are organized to give healthcare professionals the opportunity to share and learn evidence-based geriatric best practices to help meet the goal of excellence in nursing care for the hospitalized older adult.

“Continuing our focus on NICHE success stories, this year’s conference will highlight innovations devised by our hospitals to improve the quality of care for older adult hospital patients,” says Marie Boltz, Ph.D., RN, GNP-BC, associate director, Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, Practice Initiatives. “Clinicians, administrators, and researchers will present evidence-based approaches to relationship-based care, medication management, transitional care and more.”

Keynote Speakers at this year’s conference are:

Lorraine C. Mion, Ph.D., RN, FAAN

Dr. Lorraine Mion is the Independence Foundation professor of nursing, School of Nursing at Vanderbilt University. Mion serves on the geriatric advisory board for the Society of Hospital Medicine and the NICHE Program through the John A. Hartford Institute of Geriatric Nursing. Dr. Mion’s conference presentation will be “On the Front Line of Change.”

Marie Manthey, MNA, FAAN, FRCN

Dr. Marie Manthey is president emeritus of Creative Health Care Management. She currently serves as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing. Her conference presentation will be “Relationship Based Care.”

Kellie Flood, MD

Dr. Kellie Flood is associate professor in the Division of Gerontology, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and is medical director for UAB Acute Care for Elders Unit. She also serves as co-director for UAB’s NICHE initiatives. Dr. Flood’s presentation will be “Improving Medication Safety in Hospitalized Older Adults.”

Tara Cortes, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN

Dr. Tara Cortes is the executive director of the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing and holds the Mathy D. Mezey Chair as a professor in geriatric nursing at the New York University College of Nursing. Dr. Cortes’ conference presentation will be “Transitional Care.”

Other conference highlights include:

• 18 panel discussions involving interdisciplinary presentations from NICHE programs and other important topics

• Poster Session and Poster Award Ceremony

• Induction ceremony welcoming new NICHE Hospitals

According to NICHE, a variety of conference sponsorship opportunities are available to organizations that wish to market their products or services to healthcare professionals or make a philanthropic donation.

For complete conference information and to register, visit Early Bird registration closes February 28, 2011.


NICHE is the only national organization designed to help healthcare professionals in hospitals improve the care of older adults. NICHE hospitals seek to create an environment where older adult patients receive care that results in better outcomes. This climate of success encourages patients and their families to seek NICHE designated hospitals for their medical needs. The NICHE Network now numbers nearly 300 hospitals throughout North America.

NICHE is a program of The Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing at NYU College of Nursing funded in part with generous support from Atlantic Philanthropies and The John A. Hartford Foundation. For more information visit

This Press Release is in the following Topics:
NICHE, College of Nursing

Type: Press Release

Press Contact: Christopher James | (212) 998-6876

2011 NICHE Conference--“On the Front Line of Change”--in Las Vegas, Nevada, April 6-11

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