Mexico’s Instituto Nacional De Geriatria (INGER), also known as the Institute of Geriatrics, announces the selection of NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders), based at the NYU College of Nursing located here, to handle geriatric nursing capacity assessment of five Mexican hospitals.


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The goal of the NICHE assessment initiative in Mexico is to enhance geriatric patient outcomes by providing tools and guidance for improving geriatric nursing. Strengthening human, technical, and organizational capital through collaboration between INGER and NICHE is at the core of this effort. The NICHE-Mexico initiative aligns with the mission of INGER. INGER was established by presidential decree in 2008 to research age-related diseases and their treatment, improve the care of the older adults, and train specialized staff.


During August 2014, a team from NICHE and New York University College of Nursing conducted needs assessments at the Mexican hospitals to determine the feasibility of implementing the NICHE model in Mexico. The hospitals began to measure staff knowledge, attitudes and perceptions in the care of older adult patients in late November using the NICHE Geriatric Institutional Assessment Profile (GIAP) survey tool.


NICHE is the leading nurse-driven program designed to help healthcare organizations improve the care of older adults. It is a core component of NYU Nursing’s global strategy.


According to an official Mexican census, there are currently 11.7 million people over 60 years of age and by 2040 one of every four Mexicans will be in this age group. The aging populations in Mexico have dramatically increased the need to build the capacity for education and research on healthy aging and care of older adults. The NICHE program has successfully contributed to geriatric capacity building efforts for over 575 hospitals and other healthcare organizations in the U.S., Canada, Bermuda and Singapore.


“Our work with INGER in Mexico is part of a broader NICHE global expansion occurring as the aging population increases worldwide,” says NICHE Executive Director Barbara Bricoli, MPA. “According to the World Health Organization, low- and middle-income countries will experience the most rapid and dramatic demographic change. Worldwide the number of people aged 60 years and over is expected to increase from 605 million to two billion by 2050.


“One key finding from the preliminary NICHE-Mexico assessment showed consistency in nurse interest and demand for geriatric focused education,” Bricoli continues. “The NICHE program emphasizes the important role that nurses play in improving care quality and helping bedside nurses become change agents and clinician leaders.”


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Instituto Nacional De Geriatria (INGER) was created in 2008 and elevated to a National Health Institute in 2012. INGER seeks to generate knowledge about diverse aging topics, the development of human resources especially trained in the care of older adults, design of models of care and innovation in public policy in this area.



NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) is an international program designed to help 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, has over 575 hospitals and healthcare organizations from the U.S., Canada, Bermuda and Singapore in the network.


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