15th Annual 2012 NICHE Conference
Improving Health Care of Older Adults: Continuing the Journey
Celebrating 20 years of NICHE
“Improving Health Care of Older Adults: Continuing the Journey” was the theme of the 15th annual conference of NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders), held in New Orleans, Louisiana. The conference brought together over 530 nurses, nursing administrators, educators and other health care professionals from 216 member and non-member U.S. and Canadian hospitals, whose shared passion and purpose is to improve the quality of care for hospitalized older adults.
Over the course of the three-day conference, the attendees heard from leading researchers and practitioners in gerontology about the best and brightest approaches to caring for older adult hospital patients. Twenty-four panels and 91 poster presentations described ways to identify, prevent, reduce and manage common geriatric syndromes. Topics revolved around transitional care, family-centered care, critical care and operationalizing NICHE. Special critical care and oncology workshops were also part of the conference program.
Attendees also heard directly from front line nurses who have successfully implemented the NICHE program. These panels included discussions dealing with building and sustaining support, navigating the NICHE process and advancing Geriatric Resource Nurse (GRN) clinical research."
One panel was delivered by one of the local hospitals, New Orleans’ Ochsner Medical Center, and drew on the lessons learned from the Katrina disaster about emergency preparedness.
The poster session at the conference consisted of 91 displays representing an array of initiatives and research by NICHE hospitals. Topics ranged from innovative approaches to decreasing falls to efforts to redesign care coordination for patients with heart failure.