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Hospitals take the path to higher quality care for older adults with participation in LTP
NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) announces the opening of registration for the June 2013 Leadership Training Program (LTP). The LTP provides an interdisciplinary hospital team with the tools and resources to begin the process of increasing the quality of care for older adult patients at their facility and achieving NICHE designation. Registration information for the six-week, online LTP starting June 10, 2013 is available at: www.nicheprogram.org/LTP
The LTP offers a blended learning approach where participants engage in a rigorous six-week program delivered via a web-based platform and facilitated by the NICHE team, including mentors who currently lead or have led NICHE programs in their hospitals. Since the inception of the program, over 240 hospitals and more than 1080 individuals have participated in the online LTP. NICHE is comprised of almost 450 hospitals and healthcare facilities throughout North America.
Leadership Training Program participants:
• Participate in live conference calls
• Engage in online activities complemented by practice-based assignments
• Work with NICHE faculty who can facilitate online discussion forums and conference calls, answer questions and share experience
• Access comprehensive NICHE program topics
• Participate in a mentoring program
• Earn 38 contact hours for continuing education credit
• Receive assistance by a NICHE expert to develop a hospital action plan
“According to the Institute of Medicine’s ‘Retooling for an Aging America: Building the Health Care Workforce,’ nurses generally receive little or no preparation in the principles that underlie geriatric nursing in their basic nursing education,” according to Liz Capezuti, PhD, RN, FAAN, director - NICHE, Dr. John W. Rowe Professor in Successful Aging, New York University College of Nursing. “The LTP is the first step for hospitals that wish to bring NICHE to their facilities and start to raise geriatric knowledge levels and skills for their nursing staff.”
Three people responsible for steering the NICHE initiative at the facility should attend the LTP session. This typically includes a nurse clinician leader, a clinical educator and an administrator or quality manager. NICHE designated hospitals can also use this opportunity to train additional staff for their NICHE team.
The Geriatric Institutional Assessment Profile, an extensive web-based assessment of the hospital’s readiness to implement geriatric programs, is included as part of the annual NICHE program fee. Participating hospitals also receive discounts for attendance at the annual NICHE conference.
Upon designation as a NICHE facility, hospitals pay an annual designation fee that includes access to a vast array of resources, ongoing evaluation tools, professional mentoring and access to the NICHE community.
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 and achieve patient-centered care for older adults. NICHE, based at NYU College of Nursing and comprised of almost 450 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. For more information visit http://www.nicheprogram.org/. Follow us on Twitter @NICHEProgram