15th Annual Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders Conference, March 7-9, 2012

Health Care Professionals to Gather in New Orleans and Discuss Hospital Innovations in the Care of Older Adult Patients

15th Annual Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders Conference, March 7-9, 2012

More than 500 nurses and health care professionals from over 175 hospitals will gather in New Orleans, Louisiana, for the 15th annual NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) Conference, March 7-9, 2012 at the New Orleans Marriott. The theme of this year's conference is “Improving Health Care of Older Adults: Continuing the Journey.”

The annual NICHE Conferences are convened to give health care professionals the opportunity to share innovations and research related to improving care of older adult patients that spans all hospital settings. It is three days of workshops and panels with presentations from the leaders in geriatric care including innovators and front-line staff.

To add a New Orleans connection, David Brennan and Tere Crouchet from the Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans, LA, will present “Disaster Preparedness: Lessons From Katrina.”

For complete conference information and to register, visit http://conference2012.nicheprogram.org/.

Conference keynotes are:

• Jennie Chin Hansen, CEO of the American Geriatrics Society and immediate past President of AARP

• Alice Bonner, PhD, RN, director for the Division of Nursing Homes in the Center for Medicaid, CHIP and Survey and Certification within the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

• Marquis [Mark] D. Foreman, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor and chairperson, Adult Health and Gerontological Nursing, Rush University College of Nursing

• Kathleen Fletcher, DNP, RN, GNP-BC, FAAN, director of Senior Services and assistant professor of Nursing at the University of Virginia Health Systems

• Belinda Parke, PhD, RN, BSN, MSN, GNC(C), Past President of the Canadian Gerontological Nursing Association, Nurse Researcher in Elder-Friendly Initiatives, Clinical Nurse Specialist and Assistant Professor at University of Alberta, Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta, Canada

Conference foci and the related panels include:

• NICHE Hospital Innovations: Transitional Care

     "The Transitional Care Nurse Program"

     "Risk Stratification and Community Outreach, Removing     Boundaries in the Care of Seniors in the PCU"

     "Using the Electronic Medical Record to Identify Seniors at   High Risk for Readmission"

     "Transition in Care: Effect of In-home Assessment to Joint      Replacement on Length of Stay"

• NICHE Hospital Innovations: Family-Centered Care

     "Assessing the Feasibility of a Volunteer Feeding    Assistance Program (SPOONS) for Hospitalized Older Adults:      A Retrospective Analysis"

     "Ethnogeriatric Care at the Bedside: Cultural Ambassadors     at Meridian Health"

     "A Patient Care Unit Designed for the Unique Needs of the     Older Adult"

• NICHE Hospital Innovations: Care of the Critically-ill Older Adult

     "Engaging GRN’s in Clinical Research"

     "Acuity Adaptable Care Delivery Model"

     "It's Impossible! Opening the Geriatric Emergency    Department in Four Months"

     "Multi-Factorial Fall Prevention Intervention Targeting   Older Adults Admitted to an Inpatient Vascular Surgery Unit"

     "Implementing Therapeutic Activity During Continuous      Observation"

Critical Care and Oncology workshops related to the care of the older adult patient are also planned. And over 100 poster presentations on a variety of elder care subjects will be exhibited during the conference.

“We chose New Orleans as the site for our conference this year to throw a spotlight on the rebuilding efforts of this great city,” says Marie Boltz, Ph.D., RN, GNP-BC, associate director, Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, Practice Initiatives. “It also signals the renewal of our passion for the care of the older adult in this 20th anniversary year for NICHE.”


NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) program is designed to help hospitals improve the care of older adults. A program of the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing at New York University College of Nursing, 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 health care facilities to achieve patient-centered care for older adults. For more information visit www.nicheprogram.org.


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