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Started in 1992, NICHE has evolved into a national geriatric nursing program comprising 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.

NICHE is unlike other programs in that it does not prescribe how institutions should modify geriatric care; rather, it provides the materials and services necessary to stimulate and support the planning and implementation process.

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.

University of Colorado, Division of Health Care Policy Research (

The Division of Health Care Policy and Research (HCPR) in the School of Medicine at the University of Colorado Denver (UCD) conducts research and education with the mission of improving health care services, organization, and policy.