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UCLA awarded designation as National Magnet Hospital
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center designated
National Magnet Hospital

UCLA awarded designation as National Magnet Hospital
UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica designated
National Magnet Hospital



What is NICHE?

Established in 1992, NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Health System Elders) is an initiative of the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing. NICHE is the leading national nurse-driven program designed to help hospitals and healthcare organizations improve the care of older adults.

Goal: Achieve systematic nursing change that will benefit the care of hospitalized older adults

Vision: For all patients 65 and over to be given sensitive and exemplary care.

Mission: Provide principles and tools to stimulate a change in the culture of healthcare facilities to achieve patient-centered care for older adults.


We all know our population is aging! By 2030, the number of Americans age 65 and older is expected to reach 70 million or 20% of the population. While those 65 years of age and older currently comprise only 13%-14% of the US population, they have much higher rates of hospitalization than other age groups. They comprised 37% of medical center discharges and 43% of medical center days.

As the older adult population grows, there will be a significant increase in the demand for health services. The number of older hospitalized patients makes it impractical to segregate all older adults on specific units. This implies embedding such principles at every level to ensure the older adult receives high-quality care throughout their medical center experience, regardless of unit location.

NICHE Designated Hospitals

NICHE designation demonstrates a hospital's organizational commitment and continued progress in improving quality, enhancing the patient and family experience, and supporting the hospital and other healthcare organization's efforts to serve its communities.

Resources for Nurses

NICHE resources include online educational programs, methodologies, evidence-based tools, and platforms to foster collaboration with NICHE mentors and other NICHE hospitals.

  1. Geriatric Education and Nursing Care Models
    • Geriatric Resource Nurse (GRN): course for RNs based on evidence-based nursing protocols
    • Geriatric Patient Care Associate (GPCA): course for CCPs based on nursing protocols 
  2. Specialty Education Models
    • Critical Care Nursing of Older Adults: critical care, step-down, trauma and emergency departments
    • Nursing Care of the Older Adult with Cancer: caring for the older adults with cancer in all practice settings
  3. Webinars
    • Monthly Live Webinars: free for NICHE designated facilities, can earn 1 CEU per webinar
    • Archived Webinars: webinar presentations intended for practitioners interested in new ways to enhance practice improvement outcomes
  4. Geriatric Assessment Tools
    • ConsultGeri
    • Try This: Best Practices in Nursing Care to older adults

Resources for Patients and Families 

Patients and family caregivers are key members of the healthcare team. NICHE has developed a number of useful tools and resources for patients and their families to help them cope with hospitalization and communicate better with the healthcare team. These tools and resources include:

Quick Links

For questions, contact:

Geriatric Program Supervisor
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

Valerie Yeo RN, MSN, GNP-BC, NE-BC
Unit Director, 5NW Geriatrics
UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica

Anila Ladak, RN, MSN, CNS, GNP-BC
Clinical Nurse Specialist, 5NW Geriatrics
UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica

Revised 10/2016


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