Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders wrapped up its annual conference April 17 at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., after four days that included three keynotes, more than 55 podium presentations, 27 round-table presentations and more than 100 poster presentations.
The conference attracted 830 nurses and other healthcare professionals, from 320 NICHE member and nonmember hospitals, whose shared purpose is to improve the quality of care for older patients, according to a news release. Facilities from 44 states and five countries — U.S., Brazil, Canada, Iceland and Sweden — were represented.
A research day and round-table sessions were new in the first year of an expanded four-day format. NICHE Executive Director Barbara Bricoli said the dynamic exchange of information gave attendees more tools to foster change for better care for older adults, according to the release.
Two of the three keynotes were delivered by RNs. Eileen Sullivan-Marx, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean of New York University College of Nursing, New York City, discussed what the world expects of nurses in innovating, educating and caring for older adults. The dean exhorted nurses “to transform the healthcare system and make prevention, wellness and primary care the foundation of care,” according to the release.
Patricia Quigley, PhD, MPH, ARNP, CRRN, FAAN, FAANP, associate director, VISN 8 Patient Safety Center of Inquiry, Tampa, Fla., spoke about actionable elements of a fall prevention program and cited the objective to “review important patient safety practices for evidence of effectiveness, implementation, and adoption,” according to the release.
Frontline nurses, nurse administrators, physicians and other healthcare providers who have successfully implemented the NICHE program conducted panels on executing NICHE across systems, benchmarking and maximizing use of the NICHE Knowledge Center resources. Conference topics included ways to identify, prevent, reduce and manage typical geriatric syndromes, along with methods for implementation and the clinical and financial outcomes achieved.
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