Nurses Improving Care for Health System Elders (NICHE)

Marie Boltz, Malvina Kluger, Charlene Harrington, Deirdre M Carolan Doerflinger, Gwendolyn Kinney

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Hospital use by people ages 65 and older has increased substantially. The percentage of discharged patients in this age group rose from 20% in 1970 to 38% in 2002, while the percentage of discharged patients younger than 65 either decreased or did not rise. In 2002 patients ages 65 and older accounted for 45% of hospital days of care; the average length of stay was 5.8 days, longer than in any other age group. This Nursing Counts describes NICHE, a program designed to respond to the special needs of hospitalized older adults.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)101-102
Number of pages2
JournalAmerican Journal of Nursing
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Nursing


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