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NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders)

Specialists in the Care of Older Patients

All hospital care is not the same and it should not be the same. The older adult patient has special health needs that are very different from those of the younger adult patient. When looking for a hospital, it is important to know whether staff received training in the care of “geriatric” or older adult patients. At Fatima Hospital, our nurses and staff have that training and experience.

Fatima Hospital is part of the Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE) program. Across the country, more than 450 hospitals are utilizing the concepts of NICHE, making it the largest geriatric program of its kind. As a result of this specialized NICHE training, our staff has more knowledge about the needs of the older adult patient. For older patients and their families, this can bring comfort and peace of mind.

Working with Your Family

Nurses at Fatima Hospital understand that family members are key members of the health care team. The support of family members will result in a speedy recovery, as well as improved outcomes then the patient returns home. Our nurses and fellow caregivers are in a special position to work with families as “partners” during the hospital stay. We have a number of materials that assist the nurse in providing“evidence based care”; this is the care that has been proven to be best practice. Educational information used by staff include:

  • Nurse and Family Partnering
  • Medication Safety
  • Fall Prevention
  • Incontinence
  • Dementia/Delirium Recognition
  • Orthopedic Care
  • Stroke Care
  • Care of the Oncology Patient
  • Critical Care of the Senior

Fatima started on its NICHE journey in 2010. Our focus has been one of constant improvement. Our elder-specific training and focus is designed to enhance the experience of the older adult patient.

Among the most recent examples of this elder focus has been the creation of Rhode Island’s first senior friendly emergency department at Fatima Hospital.

Other programs and education we have launched include:

  • Fall Prevention
  • Bladder Health/Incontinence Management
  • Functional Mobility
  • Delirium Recognition
  • Psychosocial Effects of Cancer
  • The Joint Commission Advanced Disease Specific Certifications: Inpatient Diabetes, Primary Stroke, Joint Replacement (Hip and Knee)

To learn more about the NICHE Program, call us at 456-3236.