Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE) is a leading organization designed to help healthcare professionals in hospitals improve the care of older adults. As a center for collaborative learning, NICHE offers an extensive portfolio of resources and tools to help hospitals achieve this goal. The NICHE Network consists of nearly 300 hospitals throughout North America.
St. Claire Regional is one of only four hospitals in the state of Kentucky with a NICHE designation. The NICHE team at St. Claire Regional participated in and completed a six-week leadership training program, followed by a Geriatric Resource Nurse (GRN) course. "We are all eager and excited to be a part of this program," said Debra Hayes, program coordinator. "Elder care is my passion. I've had wonderful grandparents and have wonderful parents. I would want the best care for them and that's what we want to provide at St. Claire Regional for all our elders. With the NICHE program, we are striving to achieve high quality, evidence-based care for the elder population."
During the month of August, an online survey related to the care of hospitalized older adults will be conducted among the nursing staff. The survey is an evaluation tool provided by NICHE. The Geriatric Institutional Assessment Profile (GIAP) survey quantifies staff knowledge, attitudes and perceptions in the care of older hospitalized adults.
The findings will be critical in St. Claire Regional's effort to provide quality care to older adult patients. In addition, by linking their results to a national database, St. Claire Regional will be able to assess how they compare to other healthcare providers.