2017 NICHE Conference

April 19-22, 2017,  JW Marriott, Austin, TX

The 2017 Annual NICHE Conference is a four-day event highlighting evidence-based innovations, research, and networking opportunities to support hospitals and other healthcare facilities in meeting one of the most critical challenges of our times – quality care for older adults.

Nearly 1,000 healthcare professionals from more than 300 NICHE member and non-member hospitals located around the world will meet in Austin, TX. Join us to discover innovative solutions and approaches to improving elder care. This year’s conference will focus on “25 years of Geriatric Nursing Care Excellence – Honoring our Legacy and Transforming the Future.” Continuing education credit will be provided for each session attended.


What to expect:
• Inspiring speaker presentations
• Research updates from national leaders in the field of older adult acute care
• Intimate roundtable discussions
• Interactive presentations from successful NICHE programs
• Opportunities to network with colleagues in geriatrics and gerontology
• NICHE Conference App to access the conference schedule, keynote biographies, sponsors, site floor plans, and social media

Who’s attending:
• Chief Nursing Officers, administrators, and managers
• Geriatric specialists in any discipline
• Advance practice nurses and educators
• Nurses in any specialization who work with an older adult population
• Staff nurses with responsibility for older adult patients
• Faculty with education and research responsibilities in the area of acute geriatric care
• Representatives from new, developed, and aspiring NICHE sites

At this year’s conference, NICHE will celebrate 25 years with new programming, additional roundtables and our keynotes:


• Dean Eileen Sullivan-Marx, PhD, RN, FAAN, NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing
• Terry Fulmer, PhD, RN, FAAN, The John A. Hartford Foundation
Sharon Inouye, MD, MPH, Institute for Aging Research
Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA, Positive Approach, LLC

Return on Investment (ROI) Toolkit: The Value in Attending the 2017 NICHE Conference

1. Initiatives
Identify which sessions will be most beneficial to your hospital. Think strategically — what areas (dementia, transitions, falls, etc.) are your hospital currently working on or lacking.

2. Skill development
Identify which sessions are most closely aligned with your professional development and articulate specifically how these skills will benefit your organization.

3. Competition
Our speakers along with their facilities are identified in our online schedule; this is an opportunity to hear what innovations have been implemented and tested by health care organizations like yours. Make mention of hospitals that are similar to yours in location, size and type.

4. Networking
Building relationships and exchanging ideas with new colleagues locally, nationally, and internationally will strengthen your NICHE program. The 2017 Annual NICHE Conference App allows you to add these contacts for future collaboration.

5. Team Building
Don’t come alone. Bring a group. Use this opportunity to strengthen your team and build stronger working relationships.

6. Make the Case
Download the Conference Request Letter template and incorporate all of the talking points above to make a strong case.

7. Follow Up
The 2017 Annual NICHE Conference App allows you to bookmark speakers and sessions, and take notes on sessions in real time. Download all your notes after the conference and use for your final report recommendations to improve the care of older adults in your facility. Remember, follow up is very important. You will want to come back next year, and it is never too early to start making the case.

ROI request letter template


What they’re saying about the NICHE Conference

 “I loved leading roundtable discussions about patient safety at the roundtables! People felt more comfortable asking questions in a smaller group setting. Can’t wait until next year’s conference!”– Ashley Lautar, The Christ Hospital

“I was very impressed with your conference mobile app for managing the conference details – meeting rooms, agenda, polls, etc.  It was so cool to have it all at your fingertips!  Loved it!” Shelley O’Connell, Community Health Network, Touchpoint

“My head is still spinning with ideas. Thanks for another great conference!” – Karen Donovan, Palomar College

“This was my first NICHE Conference and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was informative and inspiring.” – Vanessa Flowers, Sandilands Rehabilitation Center Bahamas

“It was the best conference I’ve attended! Very inspiring and informative…Thank you!” – Hlif Guomundsdottir, National University Hospital Iceland

“The conference was fantastic with so much information and so many evidence-based projects and tools shared. Now to synthesize and adapt some of these best practices. I’m on it!” – Kimberly Ayers, University of Alabama in Birmingham

“Loved the roundtables! I feel more comfortable asking questions in a smaller group setting! This whole experience has been tremendous!” – Lisa Bliss, Grosse Pointe Beaumont

Future Conferences

2018 Annual NICHE Conference, April 10-13, 2018
Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Atlanta, GA

2019 Annual NICHE Conference, April 9-12, 2019
Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin, Orlando, FL

NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing Center for Continuing Education in Nursing is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.