Evaluating the NICHE program in an Academic Medical Center: Uncovering the missing link between training and effective practice change in the care of older adults

Peri Rosenfeld, Kimberly S. Glassman

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Abstract

Purpose: This paper recounts the history and experiences of one academic medical center that sought to improve the care of elderly patients by adopting and adapting the Geriatric Resource Nurse (GRN) model recommended by the Nurses Improving the Care of Healthsystem Elderly (NICHE) program. A formal evaluation examined the perceptions, opinions and attitudes of non-GRN nursing peers, Nurse Managers (NMs) and members of the Inter-Professional Advisory Board (IAB) regarding GRN practices and the institution's NICHE program. Design: A qualitative research design with purposive sampling was utilized. Methods: Semi-structured interviews and focus groups conducted in the fall/winter 2017 were analyzed using standard content analysis methods of isolating and grouping contextual themes without a predefined framework. Findings: The institution's GRN training program, a hybrid of the national NICHE program and organization-developed components, has strong support among NMs, members of the IAB and other RNs. However, there exist many misconceptions, erroneous information and misunderstandings about the program and the roles and expectations of GRNs that have hindered the likelihood of producing desired outcomes. Conclusions: Training GRNs was insufficient in disseminating and implementing evidenced-based geriatric practices in this hospital. Future work in this area would benefit from integrating concepts and methods from dissemination and implementation science when developing, launching, and sustaining NICHE programs. Clinical relevance: Integrating principles and models of dissemination and implementation science can increase consistent use of evidence based practices and the likelihood of improved geriatric patient outcomes in NICHE hospitals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)13-18
Number of pages6
JournalApplied Nursing Research
Volume49
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2019

Keywords

  • Dissemination and implementation science
  • Geriatric nursing
  • Health manpower/workforce
  • Program evaluation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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