New York University College of Nursing's NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) announces the opening of registration for its June 2014 Leadership Training Program (LTP).


The six-week, web-based program 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 LTP starting June 9 is available at:

“According to the Foundation for Health in Aging more than half of adults age 65 and older have three or more medical problems, such as heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, or high blood pressure,” says NICHE Managing Director Barbara Bricoli, MPA. “The NICHE program gets nurses ready for older adult patients with specialized oncology, critical care and orthopedic care needs.”

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. The LTP offers a blended learning approach where participants engage in a rigorous curriculum delivered via an online platform and facilitated by the NICHE team.

Since the inception of the online version of the LTP program in 2009, 338 hospitals and 1453 individuals have participated. NICHE has more than 500 hospitals and health facilities in the U.S., Canada and Bermuda.

LTP participants:

• Engage in online webinars complemented by practice-based assignments

• Work with NICHE faculty who facilitate online discussion forums, guide interactive calls and webinars and share experiences

• Review the newly revised NICHE Planning and Implementation Guide 

• Develop an action plan for the hospital to implement their unique NICHE Program

• Learn clinical, financial and organizational measurement approaches to evaluate program effectiveness

• Earn 30 contact hours for continuing education credits.


Three people responsible for leading the NICHE initiative at the facility should participate in 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 registration discounts for 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.


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NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) is an international 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 to achieve patient-centered care for older adults. NICHE, based at NYU College of Nursing, consists of over 500 hospitals and healthcare facilities in the U.S., Canada and Bermuda.


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