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.


NICHE Contact:  Scott Bugg | 215-527-9351 |

NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) announces the opening of registration for its October 2014 Leadership Training Program (LTP).

Registration information for the LTP starting October 6, 2014 is available at:

“According to the Administration on Aging, by 2030 nineteen percent of the U.S. population will be over age 65 and older adults are hospitalized at three times the rate of the general population,” says NICHE Executive Director Barbara Bricoli, MPA. “The Leadership Training Program starts the process of getting nurses ready to provide exemplary care for this rapidly growing at-risk group.”

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 in 2009 of the online version of the LTP program, 367 hospitals and 1573 individuals have participated. NICHE has more than 550 hospitals and health facilities in the U.S., Canada, Bermuda and Singapore.

LTP participants:

• Develop excellence in the care of older adults

• Engage in the 6-week, online, 30 credit hour course

• Collaborate with experienced NICHE hospital faculty


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 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 550 hospitals and healthcare organizations from the U.S., Canada, Bermuda and Singapore in the network.


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