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NICHE: Innovation Through Leadership

Published February 17, 2015 1:44 PM by Guest Blogger

By Eileen Sullivan-Marx, PhD, RN, FAAN

Mark Twain famously said: “Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” There is a good amount of truth to his words but – try though we might – we cannot think away the aging process. As we get older, there will come a time when we will find ourselves in the care of healthcare professionals. When that time comes, I want to know that my well-being is in the hands of dedicated individuals who know how to not only care for me in ways that are sensitive to my unique needs, but are also solidly based in the latest evidence and carefully established protocols.

Those are important criteria. That is why when it comes to my health I, like many others, know to put my trust in nurses. Nursing interventions have long proven to have a substantive and positive impact on patient care and outcomes. When identifying the best and most appropriate interventions for older adults, a growing number of healthcare facilities look to NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders). NICHE is an internationally recognized leader in nurse-led interventions that address critical health issues older adults face every day. The NICHE program aims to improve how older adults receive care by affecting change at the healthsystem level. To date, this approach has been highly effective, with the NICHE program successfully implemented in more than 620 facilities.

This spring, nurses and healthcare providers will meet in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., for the 2015 Annual NICHE Conference “Innovation Through Leadership.”  Join us from April 14-17 as we celebrate the numerous successes at our NICHE facilities. Then be part of our ongoing discussion about what we – as nurses and healthcare leaders – can do to ensure that our older patients receive the quality care they need and deserve.

Whether you have been involved with NICHE for years, or are just now beginning to explore this innovative program, the 2015 Annual NICHE Conference is a must-attend event. Where else can you hear about the latest innovations and initiatives being developed by NICHE sites and leading experts in geriatric care? When you leave, you will take with you a wealth of information and innovative ideas that you can adapt for your facility.

We are privileged to have two very interesting and knowledgeable keynote speakers at the conference this year. Our first is Eric A. Coleman, MD, MPH. Dr. Coleman is professor of medicine and head of the division of Health Care Policy and Research at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, where he leads The Care Transitions Program. Our second keynote speaker is Patricia Quigley, PhD, MPH, ARNP, CRRN, FAAN, FAANP. Dr. Quigley is associate director of the VISN 8 Patient Safety Center of Inquiry, where she is nationally recognized for her work in patient safety, nursing, and rehabilitation.

What else does NICHE have in store for you over the four-day event?

·       57 panel presentations during which speakers will present evidence-based approaches to promote positive outcomes.

·       Over 110 poster presentations that will dive into key topics like transitions, cognitive impairment, medication, and patient safety.

·       Our new roundtable sessions with 27 presenters who will facilitate discussions on cognitive behavior, patient safety, and transitions.

As for me, I will kick-off the conference with opening remarks on Tuesday, April 14. After that, I look forward to spending the rest of my time learning about the remarkable accomplishments being made by all of you. I anticipate getting a lot of useful ideas from you – ideas that NICHE can use to further build on its already outstanding program, ensuring you continue to make a positive impact in the lives of your patients through your relationship with us.

I hope you will be able to attend this important event. For a complete list of conference information and to register, please visit:

Eileen Sullivan-Marx is dean of New York University College of Nursing. NICHE is based at the college and has over 620 hospitals and healthcare facilities from the US, Canada, Bermuda, and Singapore in its network.

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