NICHE is an international program designed to help hospitals improve the care of older adults. The vision of NICHE is for all patients 65 and older to be given sensitive and exemplary care. The mission of NICHE is to provide principles and tools to stimulate and change the culture of health care facilities to achieve patient centered care for older adults. NICHE is based at the NYU College of Nursing and is comprised of a network of hospitals and health care facilities in 46 states, Canada, and Bermuda. It engages hospitals and their affiliates in achieving and sustaining the NICHE designation.
Each of the Bon Secours Virginia hospitals has joined NICHE in order to provide excellent evidence-based care to older adults. St. Mary’s Hospital has successfully had more than 270 nurses, patient care techs and ancillary staff complete additional education to help improve our care for older adults. Twenty-six RNs have become gerontological certified nurses. Education covers provision of evidence-based care on topics such as falls prevention, medication safety, nutrition, function, sleep, skin protection, incontinence, depression, dementia, delirium and pain.
Each Bon Secours Virginia facility has individualized their NICHE program using the available resources to respond to the needs they have identified. We want to contribute to improved care for older adults and bring honor and dignity to those who come for care.
For more information about NICHE, visit www.nicheprogram.org.