Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va., announced it achieved exemplar status for its Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders program. According to a news release, NICHE is a designation indicating a hospitals commitment to excellence in the care of patients 65-years-and-older.
The exemplar status the highest of four possible program levels was assigned after a self-evaluation of the current state and future goals of the NICHE program at Inova Fairfax Hospital. The requirements include implementation of the NICHE Geriatric Resource Nurse model and evidence-based protocols on all applicable units, including specialty units; implementation of systemic aging-sensitive policies; inclusion of the input of patient, families, and community-based providers in planning and implementation of NICHE initiatives; and assuming regional and national leadership roles.
The NICHE designation and the exemplar status signal our resolve to provide patient-centered care for older adults, Joy B. Solomita, RN, PhD, NEA-BC, interim CNO, said in the release. Through our participation in the NICHE program, we are able to offer evidence-based, interdisciplinary approaches that promote better outcomes, positive experiences and improved care for the older adults in our care. This leads to greater satisfaction rates for our patients, their families and our staff.
The Annual Program Self-Evaluation is used by hospitals to determine the level of their NICHE program. The evaluation benchmarks program progress year-to-year, targets future care initiatives and provides data to use in gaining and sustaining support from institution stakeholders.
Inova Fairfax Hospitals evaluation demonstrated a tremendous ability to meet the needs of the older adult patient, Liz Capezuti, RN, PhD, FAAN, director of NICHE, said in the release. The hospitals high intensity level in marshaling geriatric nursing resources and support to enhance care marks it as a leader in the field.