Geriatric Healthcare Leaders Gather at the NICHE Annual Conference April 19-22, 2017


Nearly 1,000 healthcare professionals from more than 300 NICHE member and non-member hospitals located around the world will meet in Austin, TX for the 2017 Annual NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) Conference, April 19-22, 2017. This year's conference celebrates NICHE’s 25th anniversary with the theme “25 years of Geriatric Nursing Care Excellence – Honoring our Legacy and Transforming the Future.”

Keynote speakers this year include nationally recognized geriatric experts speaking on a core of practical and thought-provoking topics ranging from utilizing nursing ethics in times of transition and the implications of an aging society, to care partner coping skills covering delirium prevention and challenging behaviors.

  • "Using Ethical Knowledge in Policy Transitions: How to keep on a journey of quality" Dean Eileen Sullivan-Marx, PhD, RN, FAAN, NYU Meyers
  • “NICHE: The Key to Age-Friendly Health Systems!” Terry Fulmer, PhD, RN, FAAN, The John A. Hartford Foundation
  • “Delirium Prevention: An Overview and What You Can Do” Sharon Inouye, MD, MPH, Institute for Aging Research
  • “Coping with Challenging Behaviors” Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA, Positive Approach, LLC

Additional roundtables and specialized programming sessions contain several exceptional plenary meetings, including a frank discussion on end-of-life presented with Betty Ferrell, PhD, MA, FAAN, FPCN as the discussant.

This year technology is showcased as an integrated part of geriatric care, with presentations of successful case-studies on:

  • Telemedicine-Based Assessment Model of Care developed to enable frail homebound older adults receiving home-based primary care in Toronto to have increased access to specialist care when required;
  • The use of a “virtual pet”-- an Avatar Virtual Service Animal to Improve Outcomes in Hospitalized Older Adults; and
  • The use of Caring Service Robots in Managing Active and Healthy Aging (MARIO) to provide companionship and promote independence for individuals living with dementia.

Continuing with technology, this time for the participants, a multimedia iPhone/Android app will be available for download, allowing enhanced access to the conference schedule, keynote biographies, sponsors, site floor plans and social media.

Attendees at the annual NICHE conferences share evidence-based innovations and research.  NICHE supports hospitals and other healthcare organizations in meeting one of the most critical challenges of our times: quality care of older adults. Continuing education credit is available for each session attended. 

Future Conferences

  • 2018 Annual NICHE Conference, April 10-13, 2018 Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Atlanta, GA
  • 2019 Annual NICHE Conference, April 9-12, 2019 Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin, Orlando, FL
  • 2020 Annual NICHE Conference, April 28-May 1, 2020   New Orleans Mariott, New Orleans, LA

Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) is the leading nurse-driven program designed to help hospitals improve the care of older adults. Based at the NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing, NICHE has over 680 hospitals and healthcare facilities in 46 states, plus internationally in Canada, Bermuda, and Singapore.

NICHE’s vision is for all patients 65 and over to be given sensitive and exemplary care. NICHE’s mission is to provide the evidence-based practice tools and principles to practitioners in healthcare facilities to achieve patient centered care for older adults.

Membership in the NICHE program demonstrates a hospital or affiliated organizational commitment and continued progress in improving quality, enhancing the patient and family experience, and supporting the hospital or other healthcare organization's efforts to serve its communities.

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