The University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro

NICHE Program

Nurses Improving Care for HealthSystem Elders

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University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro (UMCPP) is a member of NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Health System Elders), a national initiative based at the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing at New York University. The program aims to facilitate the infusion of evidence-based geriatric best practices throughout institutions to improve nursing care for older adult patients. Founded in 1992, NICHE is currently in about 240 hospitals in more than 40 states. UMCPP is proud to include itself among the cutting-edge hospitals who participate in this program.

As part of NICHE, UMCPP nurses and nursing assistants are trained in geriatric-sensitive areas to improve the care of hospitalized individuals age 65 and over. The NICHE program seeks to effect changes in nursing practice that will benefit older hospitalized patients and ultimately achieve patient-centered care for older adults.

On January 12, 2012, the ACE unit celebrated their one year anniversary with an open house.

Happenings In the Unit

  •  Weekly art therapy

  • Pet therapy every other week

  • A harpist to play for the patients



LINKS

Alliance for Aging Research

Alzheimer's Association

AARP

American Geriatrics Association

American Society on Aging

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Gerontological Society of America

Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing

National Conference of Gerontological Nurse Practitioners

National Council on Aging

National Gerontological Nursing Association

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