The LTP is the path for healthcare organizations to higher quality care for older adults

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

NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) announces the opening of registration for its June 2015 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 8 is available at:

“Older adults are hospitalized at three times the rate as the general population and their care accounts for 63% of healthcare spending,” according to NICHE Executive Director Barbara Bricoli. “The LTP is the first step in becoming a NICHE Designated hospital. NICHE hospitals are better prepared to care for the expanding older adult population.”

The NICHE program is the only nurse driven geriatric program available. It is designed to assist facilities in raising the level of geriatric care.

Since the inception in 2009 of the online version of the LTP program, 420 hospitals and 1710 individuals have participated. NICHE has more than 620 hospitals and healthcare facilities in the U.S., Canada, Bermuda and Singapore.

LTP participants:
• Develop excellence in the care of older adults
• Engage in the online, 30+ credit hour course
• Collaborate with experienced NICHE faculty

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 registration discounts for the annual NICHE conference.

Upon designation as a NICHE facility, hospitals pay an annual designation fee that includes access to hundreds of resources, ongoing evaluation tools, professional mentoring and access to the NICHE community.

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 620 hospitals and healthcare facilities in the U.S., Canada, Bermuda and Singapore.

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