Valley is proud to be a NICHE Hospital providing excellence in geriatric nursing. NICHE is Nurses Improving Care for Health System Elders, a national geriatric nursing program stared in 1992.
NICHE comprises more than 270 hospitals in more than 40 states as well as parts of Canada. A program of the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing at New York University College of Nursing, the goal of NICHE is to achieve systematic nursing change that will benefit hospitalized older patients.
The vision of NICHE is for all patients 65 and over to be given sensitive and exemplary care. The mission of NICHE is to import principles and tools to stimulate a change in the culture of healthcare facilities to achieve patient-centered care for older adults.
The focus of NICHE is on programs and protocols that are dominantly under the control of nursing practice; in other words, areas where nursing interventions have a substantive and positive impact on patient care.
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